One of the most appealing small luxury hatchbacks models just received a complete overhaul. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a fan favorite for the city slick vehicle that brings a dose of luxury to the entry-level class. Now, with the advent of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the refinement & luxury are stepped up a notch, bringing the small hatch to its bigger, more lavish siblings – the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class – in spectacular fashion.
“With the fourth generation of the A-Class, we are redefining modern luxury in the compact class. To do this we have opted for a combination of uncompromisingly dynamic design and an intuitive operating concept,” says Britta Seeger, the member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars sales. “With MBUX – the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience – we are creating a completely new customer experience.”
“New technologies must place the focus on people and make their lives easier. The new A-Class does this in many ways, and becomes an emotional and intelligent companion,” says Ola Källenius, the member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars. “One good example is MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it combines intuitive and natural operation with intelligent, learning software.”
“The new A-Class embodies the next stage in our design philosophy of Sensual Purity and has the potential to usher in a new design era,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With clear contours and sensual surfaces, we present high-tech that awakens emotions. Form and body are what remain when creases and lines are reduced to the extreme. The interior represents modern luxury at a level previously unattained in this class, and translates intelligent technology into an emotional overall experience.”
The all-new A-Class grew up! Literally! The vehicle is bigger, wider and we can clearly say – better. You’ll have more shoulder room (+9/+22 mm front/rear), elbow room (+35/+36 mm) and headroom (+7/+8 mm), as well as easier entry to the rear. Additionally, the boot – at 3760 liters – now brings 29 litres more than the preceding model, bringing even more usable space. Overall, even the all-round visibility has been improved by reducing the pillar claddings by around ten percent.
On the inside, the avant-garde styling of the dashboard and a cockpit with no cowl create a unique architecture. You’ll see an S-Class fashioned set of displays measuring up to 10.25 inches (26 cm) each blend together under a shared glass cover (except with the basic variant with two 7-inch displays) to form a completely free-standing Widescreen cockpit. Thanks to ambient lighting with 64 colours and illuminated air vents in a turbine look (coming in as an option), you’ll be able to enjoy a stylish and lavish looking interior as well.
Engine wise, the A-Class comes with better, more performance and consumption optimized power units. Namely, the A-Class, upon its release, will be available with three distinct engine options:
- New four-cylinder petrol engine M 282 (1.4 l displacement, up to 120 kW and 250 Nm) with cylinder shutoff (initially in combination with 7G-DCT) and innovations such as the delta shape of the cylinder head, NANOSLIDE® and Eco-Tough coating, petrol particulate filter, new 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission.
- New four-cylinder petrol engine M 260 (2.0 l displacement, up to 165 kW, up to 350 Nm) with CONICSHAPE® (honing of the cylinder walls) and CAMTRONIC (intake camshaft adjustment).
- New four-cylinder diesel engine OM 608 (1.5 l displacement, up to 85 kW, up to 260 Nm) with AdBlue®technology, improved turbocharger, water intercooling and reduced weight.
On request the new A-Class is available with the permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC with fully variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive system has been developed further, and now offers even more driving pleasure and efficiency. Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver is able to influence the 4MATIC characteristics even more than before. 4MATIC components include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear axle differential with an integrated multiplate clutch. This is no longer electro-hydraulically powered, but instead electro-mechanically.
The overall styling is bolder, more aggressive and less playful. With design elements (like the headlights) clearly taking inspiration from the recently-revealed 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, the vehicle looks both classy and appealing to the younger generation, as well as the older, more classier crowd. With the selection of engines, great automatic transmission (drove a B-Class with a similar transmission option), the vehicle will certainly draw interest and from our own point of view, Mercedes-Benz’s got a high seller on their hands.
The 2018 all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will go on sale in Europe next month, taking the fight to the likes of the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3, Infiniti Q30 and Volvo V40. We’ll update you with the pricing info as soon as the company releases it. Check out the 2019 Mercedes-Benzt A-Class in detail in the media gallery below.