The all-new Mercedes A-Class 2018 will get its first official outing at the Geneva Motor Show this week and it seems fans of this small car have plenty to be excited about.
This updated and fully refreshed baby Mercedes has received some major new upgrades in terms of design, interior and features onboard.
Mercedes say the car’s design is the “next step in the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity.”
The facelift sees a low bonnet, flat LED headlamps and a striking new radiator grille which gives the car a sportier character.
The baby Mercedes also has also grown up a little with a 30mm longer wheelbase and a 14mm wider front track which allows for more room inside the cabin.
There is also 29 more litres of boot space compared to the preceding model, taking the total to 370-litres.
Although things have slightly changed on the outside one of the car’s biggest updates comes when you step inside the car.
This is because it will be the first production Mercedes to sport the new MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – cockpit.
MBUX is the name for the company’s new infotainment system, which is said to have user experience at the heart of its design.
It is able to be controlled by touch and voice commands with the “Hey Mercedes” keyword.
Mercedes say that the car will be able learn your preferences through the use of artificial intelligence.
The left screen on the dual displays replaces the drivers instrument cluster on the left and offers an infotainment and navigation on the right.
Together the screens, measuring up to 10.25 inches (26 cm), each blend together under a shared glass cover.
And there’s even a new ambient lighting system with 64 different colours helps to personalise the interior.
“New technologies must place the focus on people and make their lives easier. The new A-Class does this in many ways, and becomes an emotional and intelligent companion,” says Ola Källenius, the member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes- Benz Cars.
“One good example is MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it combines intuitive and natural operation with intelligent, learning software.”
So how much will the new A-Class cost you?
The new A-Class will be available to order in the UK at the start of March, with the first deliveries expected in May.
The entry-level A180d in SE trim will cost from £25,800, while the petrol-powered A200 will cost from £27,500.
The high-performance A250 starts from £30,240.