Marcus De Guzman / Mercedes-Benz | January 03, 2018 11:22
All-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class braves the harsh winter in latest batch of tests
While most folks look for shelter during the cold winter, Mercedes-Benz opted to test out one of their upcoming cars in harsh weather, the all-new A-Class. Dubbed the W177, the next-generation hatchback was seen going through its paces in both snow-covered roads and inside a chilly wind tunnel.
While our spies have already caught glimpses of the prototype A-Class being tested on public roads, this is the first time that we have seen the new hatchback being driven in cold weather. While the camo livery still hides most of its lines, we do get to see the A-Class' redesigned headlights, larger front grill and revised taillights.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz also conducted extensive wind tunnel testing at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. In fact, the prototype A-Class seen here endured -28 degress Celsius at speeds of 50 km/h.
A new line of gasoline-powered and diesel-driven engines will be available in the next-generation hatchback. One of which could be the recently-launched 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It will be available in various output figures (115 PS, 140 PS and 160 PS) and will be connected to either a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox or six-speed manual transmission.
The new A-Class is expected to make its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.