A near-production prototype of 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift has been caught undergoing testing with very little camo.

A near-production prototype of 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift has been caught undergoing testing with very little camo.

Mercedes-Benz is still testing the A-Class with some disguise on it even though a fully revealing spy photo made the news at the beginning of the month showing the cosmetic tweaks prepared for the mid-cycle refresh. It will get slightly different graphics for the lighting clusters, lightly reshaped bumpers, a fresh alloy wheel design and a new green body paint.

More importantly, the 2016 A-Class is bound to receive optional LED headlights replacing the current bi-xenon arrangement. Some of the other updates planned include LED ambient lighting, a more generous array of safety & assistance systems, latest infotainment system (with Wi-Fi hotspot) and probably some new upholstery and trim options.

The engine lineup will be largely carried over, but the range-topping A45 AMG will get an extra 20 PS (15 kW) so its four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo engine will have approximately 380 PS (280 kW) and will once again be the most powerful model in its segment, taking back the crown from the Audi RS3 Sportback (367 PS).

It is believed Mercedes-Benz will start taking orders for the facelifted A-Class in July so expect an official reveal to take place in June, with deliveries slated to kick off on September 26.

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