The upcoming next generation hatchback is not only getting a completely new platform, as well as new engines derived from the partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but also S Class technology.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz A Class has been recently spotted testing in Berlin, where the automaker is seemingly trialing the vehicle’s new semi-autonomous functions, which are trickling down from the S Class flagship. According to reports on the subject, the BMW 1 Series rival might receive Level 2 autonomy systems allowing for self-driving operation during certain conditions and at set speeds. As far as we can tell from what perspires from under the camouflage, the A Class will indeed take cues from the Concept A prototype, with new headlights and different grille for a more aggressive stance, and better habitability thanks to longer wheelbase and higher roof.
According to sources, the interior is also going for a more premium approach – with better materials and the latest Mercedes infotainment system with better widescreen integration. As far as powertrains are concerned, the rumor mill is discussing the addition of a new plug-in petrol-hybrid version with an electric range of about 31 miles. Front wheel but also all-wheel drive 4Matic will be available with many engines, and the flagship AMG A45 version is apparently going for the 400 hp milestone.