New look, more electric range: Mercedes renews the A-Class

New look, more electric range
Mercedes renews the A-Class

About five years after the introduction of the current A-Class, Mercedes is now introducing a restyling. Bring some visual changes and new technologies. There will no longer be a manual switch.

Mercedes is treating its A-Class, introduced in spring 2018, with a restyling. In the five-door and sedan, it offers a fresh look, more equipment, improved infotainment functions and a longer electric range.

The A-Class now has LED taillights as standard.

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The revised A-Class is recognized, among other things, by the two power domes in the bonnet, and the front apron and radiator grille have been revised with the star held up by a transverse buckle. The optional LED headlights have new graphics. A modified rear diffuser and now standard LED taillights ensure a fresh look at the rear.

Extended basic equipment

The basic equipment of the A-Class has been expanded. It now includes a reversing camera, USB package and a new steering wheel with double bars and nappa leather upholstery. Progressive equipment is expanded to include LED headlights, lumbar support and a mirror and parking package. In the future, the parking package will offer parallel parking and a 360-degree camera image of the area around the vehicle. A USB-C port and a fingerprint sensor that the driver can use to identify themselves are new features in the cabin.

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Inside the Mercedes A-Class there is a new steering wheel.

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As before, there is a cockpit with two displays. The one behind the steering wheel is available in 7 or 10.25 inch format, the central touchscreen now has a size of 10.25 inches. The speed dial buttons and the trackpad in the center console are omitted. The display offers the three newly developed styles “Classic”, “Sporty”, “Understated”. The MBUX infotainment system, the latest version of which is used in the A-Class, is controlled via the right-hand touchscreen. By activating the online services of the “Mercedes me” app, the language assistant should be able to communicate, learn and explain the vehicle’s functions. A new tour guide provides information on places of interest along the way.

As for the drives, petrol engines with power between 100 kW / 136 hp and 165 kW / 225 hp are now supported by a starter generator that provides an additional 10 kW / 14 hp. The previous petrol versions A 160, A 200 4Matic and A 250 are no longer available. All other engine variants are combined exclusively with automatic transmissions. The manual transmission exits the program.

More electric range

In the case of the plug-in hybrid version, the higher usable energy content allows for greater electric range. Instead of a maximum of 78 kilometers in the past, in the future there will be enough power for up to 82 kilometers. In addition, the power of the electric motor has increased by 5 kW / 7 hp to 80 kW / 109 hp. At the same time, the top speed was reduced by 10 to 225 or 230 km / h (sedan). Charging with alternating current will be possible in the future with 11 kW. Alternatively, you can choose between three diesels of 85 kW / 116 hp, 110 kW / 150 hp and 140 kW / 190 hp.

The modified A-Class can be ordered at the end of October. The first deliveries will take place at the beginning of 2023. Prices should start above 30,000 euros.

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