New baby Merc aims to be top of its class
Connectivity and practicality have been prioritised for the new A-Class, writes Michael Taylor
Following the reveal of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, we can now bring you more details on the next generation of the baby Merc which will arrive in SA in the third or fourth quarter of 2018. The second (after the B-Class) of a claimed eight new small Mercedes models to share the upgraded MFA 2 architecture, the A-Class will eventually be joined by the CLA, the CLA Shooting Brake, the GLA crossover, the GLB off-roader and a sedan version of the A-Class. The latter is being delivered to compete with the surprise success of Audi’s A3 sedan and all models should be in the market by 2020. While Mercedes is touting the new A-Class as a more mature piece of exterior design, the true steps forward have been made in refinement from the chassis and in the connectivity of its Comand infotain-ment system. It uses an all-new interior that is a step ahead even of what Mercedes uses in its flagship S-Class limousine, with a Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) that combines a voice-control Ask M...