Brand’s smallest saloon will arrive by the end of 2018, with an AMG A45 4Matic version to rival the Audi RS3 saloon
Jimi Beckwith
1 September 2017

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon has been spotted testing on public roads, confirming the brand’s plan to put the car into production. 

The pre-production model seen testing shows toned-down styling compared with the dramatic concept revealed at the Shanghai motor show earlier this year, but the A-Class-derived aesthetic cues are visible, including a more aggressive headlight design. 

Unlike the ‘Russian Doll’ styling approach to the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, the A-Class saloon looks to adopt styling more akin to the A-Class. The production car will have the same dimensions.

A 48V plug-in hybrid model is planned for the line-up, with an electric-only range of 31 miles, 1.4-litre petrol engine and nine-speed automatic gearbox, in addition to an A45-badged hot saloon to rival the Audi RS3 saloon. The rest of the engines will be shared across the A-Class range, which will sit in an eight-strong small-car line-up, including a new GLB SUV. 

These will be optimised for the new generation to give better fuel economy and emissions than present; 1.4-litre and 1.2-litre variants of Mercedes and Renault’s M282 four-cylinder petrol engine will be the most prominent of these, although the 1.2 has yet to be confirmed by Mercedes. Additionally, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre M260 petrol engines are set to feature. All of the diesels will be 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units. 

Inside, the A-Class saloon is expected to be almost identical to the A-Class and, as is evident from the images, will feature Mercedes’ full-width digital dashboard and infotainment display, which has trickled down from the S-Class and has worked its way down the Mercedes range into the upcoming A-Class.

Also to be carried over from its hatch sibling will be S-Class-derived driver assistance systems, which will allow the car to steer and brake itself up to certain speeds. 

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1 September 2017

I don't think this is a saloon version of the current A-Class, but the first of the next generation. I'm sure the next generation will be an evolution of the current car's platform though. Expect this to show you the new look to those cars

1 September 2017

At least the screen appears to be back "in" the dash and not sitting atop of it! The major blemish on the dash until now! 

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