A quintuplet of prototypes was seen out and about testing on public roads.
There’s certainly no shortage of spy content with the Mercedes A-Class (W177) and today we can bring you a video showing five prototypes roaming the streets of Germany. Leading the pack appears to be a cheaper version judging by the headlights also visible on the fifth car.
It will be interesting to see whether halogen lights will be installed in the base model in some markets or if the premium hatchback will get a bi-xenon setup with LED daytime running lights as standard. We won’t be too surprised if in some countries the new A-Class will come even in its most affordable guise with static LED headlights, with the option to get the more advanced Intelligent LED system.
Headlights aside, the next generation won’t be an all-new car in the truest sense of the meaning as it will ride on an updated version of the MFA platform. Even though it’s not being developed from the ground up, the new A-Class will bring some important changes. Relevant examples would have to be the dual digital screens inside the cabin akin to bigger cars in Mercedes’ portfolio, as well as a more spacious interior thanks to the slightly bigger proportions and optimized packaging.
The flagship A45 has already been confirmed to hit the 400-hp mark and it is believed it will be topped by an even stronger derivative with a hybrid powertrain, but that will come later in the model’s life cycle. In addition, Mercedes will squeeze in a new version between the A250 and the A45.
Perhaps the biggest news about the A-Class’ next iteration is the roll out of a sedan version to slot below the CLA. Previewed by the Concept A Sedan, the new member of the family is destined to spawn a long-wheelbase variant tailored to China. Further down the line, Mercedes might come out with a GLB crossover described by people familiar with the matter as being a mini G-Class.
Meanwhile, the regular five-door hatchback is slated to debut in 2018 and will be joined shortly by the A-Class Sedan.