Officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018, the fourth-generation Mercedes A-Class is reaching mid-life. The compact à l’Etoile will therefore receive a subtle restyling in 2022, as confirmed by the first pictures of these slightly camouflaged prototypes surprised on Spanish roads. The stickers are focused on the front bumper, grille, optics and rear bumper.
Star of premium compacts in Europe, with 153,717 registrations on the Old Continent in 2020, the Class A should not upset its style during this facelift. The headlights will keep the same angular shape, but will be entitled to a new light signature with thinner LED. The grille and bumper should also be reviewed, as well as the rear diffuser slightly camouflaged in the photos. The teardrop lights also remain with, however, a new horizontal light signature in the center of the optics.
The new MBUX architecture inside
Inside, the retouched A-Class could swap its first-generation MBUX dual screen for the new MBUX 2 architecture, inaugurated on the Class C and Class S. Ditto for the steering wheel, which now has haptic controls on the entire branch on the Class C instead of small touchpads to control the menus in the current Class A. The little Mercedes should also refuel driving aids, even if it was not to be pitied on that side.
The A-Class has a wide range of engines: from 109 to 421 hp in gasoline for the sporty A45 S AMG, from 116 to 190 hp in diesel but also a plug-in hybrid engine with the A250e, strong at 218 hp. Petrol and diesel units could receive 48V micro-hybridization like the C-Class, to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The rechargeable hybrid Class A battery should also be revised for better range.
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See you in the spring
Mercedes A-Class restyling will take place next spring. Marketing of the retouched compact will follow, from summer 2022. The update should also concern the A-Class sedan, a notchback model less common here.
Source : Motor.es