The Mercedes A-Class, the all-new 2nd gen A-Class, to be specific, continues where the first generation set a new high standard for being ## The Mercedes A-Class, the all-new 2nd gen A-Class, to be specific, continues the first generation’s very high standard for being terminally dull. Actually, we're going to backtrack like a bear on a unicycle and say it looks OK on the outside, but it's just not a proper Mercedes. The A-Class has always been the type of car bought by call centre managers who believe success is built on convincing elderly homeowners that they need cavity wall insulation... when they already have it.
However, it’s the new interior that stands out, it’s a condensed version of the E Class design language and is all ambient lighting, faux leather trim, in-your-face air vents and plasticky looking silver trim. But to the call centre manager, planning to extract money from a trusting elderly homeowner, like a thief planning a major bullion robbery, this is the height of automotive luxury for less than £250pm.
When the car is made available for retail launch buyers will get to choose from either a 7-inch or 10-inch x2 panoramic display. This display will house an all-new infotainment software UI which uses machine learning to adapt to the users specific day to day requirements.
So if you happen to immediately switch station when the Christian O'Connell morning radio show is on the MBUX infotainment system will remember this because it too has machine learned to dislike that show completely independently of any user interaction.
Mercedes say the new A-Class features revised engines, the depressing truth is it borrows smaller capacity engines from Renault. So the 4-cylinders 1.4-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel are both sourced from Renault.
So we suggest you go for the larger capacity engines, the Merc made 2.0-litre petrol and A250. Only then will you be buying a 100 percent Mercedes. Active damping technology and all-wheel drive will be offered for top of the range models. AMG power versions are sure to follow.
Mercedes will also make available the latest active safety technology, this ground breaking technology ensures drunk drivers can behave even more irresponsibly than ever before.
The new A-Class is slightly bigger and wider than its first generation predecessor and should go on sale in the UK either by the end of the year or early 2019. Cost? that's another press release away.