A Klasse History: the Baby Benz
Frequent readers of the blog and Mercedes-Benz fans alike will know that the A-Klasse are Mercedes-Benz’ hatchback series. Launched in 1997, the A-Klasse were to be a compact, four-cylinder series. Due to their size, the A-Klass have become known as “baby Benzes”. Less expensive than their larger cousins, though with no less prestige, the A-Klasse were set to introduce drivers to the Mercedes-Benz fleet.
Compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles have proven to be popular. With over 2 million models sold around the world since 2012, there’s no wonder Mercedes-Benz are adding to their compact fleet.
New A Klasse
Two decades after they were first exhibited in the Frankfurt Motorshow, the latest A-Klasse, the fourth generation, are set to be revealed on 2 February. Mercedes-Benz are keeping the big surprises until they officially reveal the 2019 model at the end of this week, but keen Mercedes-Benz followers have been able to source out some secrets…
What we Know So Far
For the first time, the A-Klasse will be available in both traditional hatchback and as a slightly larger sedan. Both will be four-cylinder, available in diesel or petrol, and will use the company’s second-generation Modular Front-Drive Architecture, the MFA2.
The A Klasse Sedan
The A-Klasse sedan will be a smaller, more practical alternative to the CLA. Its existence will mean the A-Klasse are know compact vehicles, rather than just hatchbacks. The sedan will be available in diesel and petrol, with 4 cylinders, and be available in 4MATIC or front-wheel drive.
The New Hatchback
According to Motor Trend, the 2019 A-Klasse will have a widescreen, touch-sensitive and free-floating infotainment display. Ambient lighting, circular vents and touchpad controls add to its interior aesthetics.
Its infotainment and automated features promise to be astounding. On one of the free-floating navigation panel, camera senses will reflect the vehicle’s environment, helping drivers to find their destination by superimposing street numbers and information over real-time, touch-screen images.
The infotainment will also remember driver preferences. Its voice control promises to be able to learn new words. Owners will be notified when their vehicle is towed or interfered with, and they can lock or unlock the vehicle from afar. More will be revealed on Friday, but from what we know so far, our technicians are very keen to start servicing the latest A-Klasse vehicles.
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