Previously, our spies captured the next-gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class sporting less camouflage showing off its longer wheelbase and a new face. This time around, the upcoming A-Class has been spotted making rounds of the Nurburgring possibly testing handling capabilities.
Taking a look at the Nurbugring photos, the next-gen A-Class is seen sporting the same camouflage it was wearing previously with no new visual difference on the body. On closer inspection however, the model seen testing around the Nurburgring is unlikely to be the AMG-model based on the size of the front and rear brake rotors and calipers.
Our spies did manage to get an interior shot of the upcoming A-Class sporting a new dashboard. Immediately noticeable are the digital twin-screen found on the more expensive models which has been moved to the A-Class. Those with keen eyes would also have noticed the lack of a center gear lever but has now been mounted on the column, indicating the model seen likely uses the new 7-speed DCT. Like the outgoing A-Class, it also features three center air vents but have been redesigned to match the new dash.
It is highly likely Mercedes-Benz is testing the performance of the all new MFA2 platform that our spies report that the A-Class rides on. Apart from being lighter than the previous MFA platform, the new platform is said to allow the use of alternative drivetrains. The new platform is also set to be used in the next-generation B-Class, CLA and upcoming GLB.
Meanwhile, power of the A-Class is said to come from various four-cylinder engines in both gasoline and diesel guise. The range topper meanwhile will be both the A40 AMG and A45 AMG which is reported to have 340 PS and 400 PS, respectively.
Expect the all new A-Class to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.