The Mercedes A-Class is the companies biggest seller in the UK but isn’t yet available in the U.S. A completely new generation is set to launch in Europe this Spring, and the German company is sure it will be a hit.
Although a hatchback model will be sold in Europe, we will be getting a sedan at the end of 2018. The tech will be similar in both versions, and Mercedes is aiming to bring new advanced features normally reserved for flagship models, down to their smallest entry-level car outside of the tiny Smart car.
What stands out immediately inside the cabin are two massive screens. These are both configurable and feature Mercedes ?LINGUATRONIC? voice assistant. This is similar to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and the idea is to “create an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver, and passengers,” according to TopGear.
More driver assistance features are going into the new A-Class which include advanced adaptive cruise control. The smallest Mercedes can now guide you around corners with direct steering input and change lanes for you at the flick of the turn signal stalk.
Engine options include a 163 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the A 200, and a 224 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the A 250. Both will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and permanent all-wheel drive.
Pricing is not set in stone for the A-Class coming to the states, but expect it to sell for around BMW 1 Series money.