Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to launch the next generation of its entry-level hatchback, the A-Class. While it had been spotted testing multiple times earlier at the legendary Nurburgring and in Europe by Car Magazine, the latest spy shots, published by IAB, have emerged from Dubai. Despite the heavy camouflage, the details visible through the bodywork suggest that the A-Class looks set for an imminent reveal.
The most important change would come in the form of a new platform underpinning the future small-cars from Mercedes. The A would be the first in line to receive the updated MFA2 platform that would allow the car to have a longer wheelbase, liberating more room into the cabin and boot.
This change is directly visible as the car appears to be stretched and squatter than the outgoing version. The rear door also appear to be elongated along with the rear haunches. Another difference would be the new design language of the small car range at Benz. It would follow the evolutionary styling previewed by the Mercedes Concept A-Sedan showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
As is visible from the spy-shots, the new A will also benefit from a new, split-piece taillamp that replaces the old single-piece unit. This change should improve boot accessibility as well, with a larger tailgate. Sleeker up-swept headlamps are visible in the images. The wing-mirrors too have moved from the base of the A-pillar to the doors, possibly to improve visibility for the drivers.
Inside, the little hatch will get an even plusher interior, in line with the one seen on the new C-Class and the E-Class. A wide twin-screen unit is set to replace the instrument cluster and the central infotainment tablet. The materials used across the cabin are also expected to involve more premium metal finish knobs and buttons. The steering wheel will take up the COMAND controls and will feature a busier layout.
A whole set of sensors on the windscreen suggest that it will feature the latest of the driver aid suites from Mercedes, including assistive braking. Engine options include a new 2.0 Litre Petrol and Diesel engines. A 1.5 L three cylinder petrol is also rumoured to be in development which could be assisted by a hybrid electric motor. Affalterbach is looking to tune the A-Class to northwards of 400BHP in the AMG45 trim.
Also check out the renders from UK based AutoExpress for an insight into what the new model could look like. An official reveal is likely to take place at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September while it is expected to hit dealerships early next year.