Last month, we stated that two specifications of the new gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class were spotted testing with camouflage. Now, more images have surfaced on the internet that shows the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in all its glory hinting that the German car-makers are almost ready with the production version of the updated hatchback. Scheduled to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new generation A-Class in the spy images seems like a model built for crash test purposes. As far as the exterior designs go, the new generation A-Class will get major cosmetic updates. Based on the MFA 2 platform, the 2018 A-Class will use aluminums for lighter kerb weight and higher rigidity. It is also expected to get a longer wheelbase giving more space to the rear passenger seats. With its swooping bonnet, sharper LED headlamps, and a wide diamond grille, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets redesigned front and rear bumpers with wider LED taillights. Inside, you will be greeted by two digital screens, one for instruments and one for infotainment system.
At the heart of the new generation A-Class is a 1.6-litre/ 2.0-litre petrol engines, and a 2.0-litre or a 1.5-litre diesel engine. All the engines will get a 9-Speed DCT gearbox, with reports of a 6-Speed manual transmission also on offer. We understand the fourth-generation A-Class will be more spacious and better to drive, thanks in part to a heavily revised chassis platform. Dubbed MFA2, it’s an evolution of the current car’s MFA platform and will allow slight increases in overall length and wheelbase – the gap between the front and rear wheels. That, along with the reshaped front and rear ends will allow more interior space and a bigger boot.
The 2.1-litre diesel engine that currently makes up a significant percentage of sales will be dropped in favor of a new 2.0-litre version. While still to be confirmed, it’s likely to be offered in a number of power outputs, ranging from 160bhp to 190bhp. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine is also understood to be in the development stage. By the looks of it, the 2018 A-Class is almost alike to the concept vehicle that was showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show before this year. The 2018 Mercedes A-Class will also be coming to India by end of next year.