It has been quite a while now since we last saw Mercedes-Benz testing the next-generation A-Class. Last seen lapping around the Nurburgring back in June, the five-door prototype had heavy camouflage that hid the car's new shape and design. Nevertheless, our spies were able to make out key differences from early prototypes as it had a new face and design, as well as a longer wheelbase than before.
Now, our spies managed to take new pictures of the next-gen hatchback albeit with less camo. With it, we are able to see the A-Class' new look as well as its redesigned exterior. Based on the photos, it looks like the five-door model will borrow some styling cues from the A-Class sedan prototype. The front fascia gets sleeker headlights along with a slightly redesigned front grill. Beyond that, a new hood design may also make its way into the prodution model.
Without the camo livery, the all-new A-Class appears longer than before which could mean it will have a longer wheelbase for improved cabin space. Around the back, the tailgate is now larger while the taillights get a mild redesign. With the former, the new A-Class may have better luggage space than its predecessor.
As a reminder, the cabin of the 2018 A-Class will be far more advanced than the current model and will come with a new digital display for the instrument panel. Also curious to see is the lack of a center gear shifter which indicates that the A-Class will have the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can be controlled with a column shifter.
The 2018 A-Class is expected to be underpinned by a newer version of the MFA platform called MFA2. Aside from being lighter than the older MFA, the new platform can also hold alternative drivetrains like electric motors and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It is also highly likely that the MFA2 platform will also be used on the next-generation B-Class and CLA. A new crossover in the form of the GLB may also use the MFA2 platform.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to make its world reveal in the coming months.