Mercedes-Benz will bring new levels of technology to the family hatchback class when the new Mercedes-Benz A-class goes on sale in the spring. While the company has long drip- fed technology from its most advanced models down the range a generation or two behind, the latest version of Mercedes’ compact luxury car is like an S-class in miniature, from its class-leading aerodynamics to semi-autonomous functions and a stunning new interior. Mercedes-Benz says the new A-class “completely redefinies modern luxury in the compact class”.
Available initially as a five-door hatchback like its predecessor (a four-door saloon will be along later, with a more rakish CLA and more rugged GLA inevitably following), the new A-class is one of the first cars to display Mercedes’ latest design language, something the brand calls “Sensual Purity”. The exterior styling is an evolution of the old A-class’s, albeit less cluttered and punctuated by sharper details. It’s more aerodynamically efficient too. As it is with several other recent Mercedes models, the company is claiming class-leading aero with with a drag coefficient of 0.25 – impressive for a hatchback. Small aero elements around the wheels help reduce turbulence while a louvre system behind the grille also contributes to reducing drag. The aero changes should aid performance, economy and cabin refinement.