Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | May 18, 2017 09:31
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class might get a longer wheelbase and a new face
We already caught a glimpse of what the next-gen A-Class will look like thanks to our spies who were able to spot the upcoming hatchback back in February. Wearing the production body, it gets a longer wheelbase, a more aggressive front end and what appears to be an all-new dashboard.
Now, our insiders were able to spot the much-awaited hatchback once again and this time it's wearing less camo. With it, we get a better look at the car's prominent front grill and sharp-looking headlights. A new hood also makes its way in the 2018 A-Class, along with a wider air intake on the lower parts of the front bumper.
Also seen with more visibility is its rear which gets bumper-integrated exhausts, new horizontal taillights and a rear spoiler mounted on top of the tailgate. In addition, the 2018 A-Class received a longer wheelbase for better interior space. However, the company said that the new hatch will be roughly be the same size of the outgoing model.
Aside from the five-door hatch, a four-door version will also likely be available though it is hinted that it will only be a China-only model. During the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the company revealed the Concept A which previews the brand's new design direction. It could also be the precursor to the alleged four-door A-Class.
A range of four-cylinder engines are expected to power the 2018 A-Class and will be available in either gasoline or diesel. High-performance AMG versions are also likely to be available and will come in two variants, the A40 with 340 PS and the fire-breathing A45 which doles out over 400 PS. A three-cylinder model and a plug-in hybrid may also be in the works.
This year's Frankfurt Motor Show could see Mercedes-Benz arrive with the all-new A-Class.