For the past few months, our spies were busy keeping tabs on the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The prototype model was seen on three separate occasions, twice in Europe and at one point, at The Ring.
Now, our insiders have been able to photograph what appears to be the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class prototype with a production body.
Spotted in Sweden, it seems Mercedes-Benz made the all-new A-Class have a longer wheelbase while relatively retaining the previous model's body dimensions. With less camouflage, we are also able to see the newly-designed front and rear ends.
Beginning with the former, the next-gen A-Class gets a pair of sleeker headlights, along with what appears to be a wider front grill. Also, it gets a new front bumper that comes with what look like side-mounted cameras. Towards the back, the next-gen A-Class will get rectangular taillights compared to the current generation's unique shape.
A peek inside the 2018 A-Class reveals that Mercedes-Benz's all-new hatchback will get a new dashboard and infotainment system. From the looks of things, it is fitted with a floating infotainment display which is reminiscent from the new E-Class. Beyond that, a digital instrument panel is also seen on the new A-Class.
In terms of powertrain, a plethora of four-cylinder engines are expected to power the new A-Class. These will include gasoline- and diesel-powered engines. AMG versions are likely to produce 300 to more than 400 PS, depending on the variant. A plug-in hybrid and three-cylinder powertrain may also be available soon.
In review, the next-generation hatchback from Mercedes-Benz will supposedly be underpinned by a new version of the MFA platform called MFA2. It will be lighter and slightly longer than the older MFA and can hold several powertrain configurations. The next-gen CLA, B-Class will also be utilizing the new platform, along with a new small crossover dubbed the “GLB”.
Aside from the traditional 5-door hatchback body style, a 4-door sedan will also be released and is expected to be a China-model only.
It is highly likely that the 2018 A-Class will make its world debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.