2018 Mercedes A-Class hatchback will come incorporating plug-in hybrid powertrain along with Level 2 autonomy; will receive bigger and more rigid underpinning
Mercedes-Benz could introduce the driverless technology to the upcoming new generation A-Class hatchback. The premium hatchback is expected to get the Level 2 autonomy from S-Class luxury sedan. Test mule of the upcoming next generation hatchback has been spotted testing in Berlin, where the German luxury automaker was testing the car’s autonomous driving tech.
With the Level 2 autonomy incorporated, all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be able to steer and apply brake by itself up to certain speeds. However, the ultimate control will remain in hands of the driver. For the technology, this hatchback will come equipped with an array of cameras and sensors fitted across its body. This system will work using the equipments of the driver assist technologies like lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
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Apart from the autonomous driving technology, the 2018 Mercedes A-Class will also get a plug-in petrol-hybrid powertrain that will enable the hatchback to run on all-electric mode for 50 kilometres. With this, it will be able to save precious fuel and reduce emission as well. This will be a part of the German auto giant’s drive toward introducing a larger electrified range of cars.
Apart from the self-driving technology and plug-in hybrid powertrain, upcoming 2018 Mercedes A-Class will also get a larger and more rigid underpinning ensuring more spacious and comfortable cabin along with better stability. In terms of design, it is expected to come much sharper compared to the current model. It comes incorporating sleeker headlamps, wider radiator grille, a taller stance thanks to the higher roofline and a longer wheelbase as well. So far, it takes design cue from the Concept A.
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Inside the cabin too, all-new Mercedes A-Class will sport revised and more premium appearance. It will get an all-new touchscreen infotainment system. Apart from that, seats and upholstery will use plusher materials in order to offer greater comfort to occupants.
On the powertrain front, it will have a range of updated turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, offering improved performance and lesser emission. The top-of-the-line AMG A45 will come churning out impressive 400 bhp of peak power. Interestingly, there will be an A-Class sedan version as well, as previewed by the Concept A. This sedan will lock horns with the Audi A3 sedan.
2018 Mercedes A-Class Gallery