Our friends with the long lense have caught the first spy photos of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class frolicking out in the open.
Wrapped in heavy camouflage, the next-generation baby Merc will retain the current hatchback’s proportions but refreshed with important updates to see off rivals such as the Audi A3, Lexus CT and BMW 1 Series.
While looking instantly familiar, a closer inspection of the A177-series prototype reveals a markedly longer wheelbase and rear doors, suggesting better rear legroom and luggage capacity – a bugbear of the current model.
The car’s wing mirrors have also migrated from the window frame down to the door for better forward visibility.
Inside, we can expect the next-generation A-Class to gain higher quality materials while the awkward stand-alone central screen will be better integrated into the dashboard.
Like its styling, the 2018 model will be based on a heavily revised version of the current MFA modular front-wheel drive platform, with improved rigidity but also lighter.
We can expect better efficiency from a range of downsized turbocharged engines mated with dual-clutch transmissions. The highly popular A45 AMG will also be making a return to fight with the Audi RS3 Sportback.
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