The next Mercedes A-Class, which will be launched by 2018 at the Geneva motor show

Mercedes-Benz will reveal its most luxurious and technically advanced A Class at the Geneva motor show next March, then, is moving development of its future rival of the BMW 1 Series in the final stages.

Spotted recently bring the light covers on public roads, in Germany, the model will be 10mm more, the adoption of a new platform, and the structure of the body that are required to provide significant increases in stiffness. This, in turn, aims to give the new model, which will also be the rival of the Audi A3, significantly improved the refinement.

The increase in length is concentrated almost entirely within the step, providing improvements in interior packaging and the scope for larger rear door openings for ease of entry and exit. The trunk volume is increased beyond the nominal 341 litres of today’s model.

At the base of the new A-Class is an upgraded MFA (modular front architecture) and a chassis with MacPherson-strut front and multi-link rear suspension. Supports Mercedes’ Drive Select function, which allows the driver to change the characteristics of the steering, engine mapping, gearbox software, and damping by using at least four different ways.

The more spacious cabin has a new dashboard that has a higher quality of materials, digital tools and a new contact, the Comand 5 infotainment system. There is also a new steering wheel pad, new sports seats and a number of new driver assistance systems, as part of Mercedes’ suite of Level 2 autonomous driving functions – that are benefiting from tech demonstrated for the first time in the S-Class.

Mercedes sales boss Britta Seeger mentioned Autocar in the beginning of the year that this new technology would be integrated, giving the Class A, the potential to steer and brake itself until a certain speed. We will do this by using systems that are part of the car lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control technology.

The future of A Class is the first of the eight new compact cars are the replacements for today’s in Class B, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, as well as the GLA. There will also be a Class A Sedan (and its 400bhp A45 variant), a GLB and a possible new seven-seat version of the GLB.

The new A-Class and its seven compact car, the brothers will feature a range of new four cylinder petrol and diesel engines — all claimed to offer better economy and emissions of today’s units.

Kicking off the line-up will be the new M282 gasoline engine. Developed in collaboration with parent company Daimler alliance partner Renault, will have to be offered in 1.4-litre capacity, providing the next Class with a new entry-level point. A 1.2-liter version of this engine was also produced through the production of deadline, even if there are doubts on the fact that it will be used by Mercedes, or remain exclusive to the Renault.

Above it will be the M260 petrol engine, which was developed from the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter forms. Both versions are designed to appear within A Class in a variety of songs. In its most potent form, the M260 will be characterized by a belt that in turn drives a generator capable of operating as a hybrid, lightweight, electrically assisted enhancement and step-off in combination with an electrical system with a 48V.

The diesel engines will be based around Mercedes’ latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the OM654, and will be available in three states of tune, depending on engineering the sources of the company’s Sindelfingen R&D center.

A plug-in hybrid version is also planned a rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTE. Details are still scarce, even if you plan to run the 1.4-litre version of the M282 four-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor housed inside of the front section Mercedes’ nine-speed DCT gearbox. It will be one of a series of EQ-Power-brand transmissions.

Insiders have suggested to Autocar that the lithium-ion battery packs for new plug-in Class will be in possession of sufficient energy density for an electric range up to 31 miles.

The new A-Class will use revised versions of today is the six-speed manual and seven-speed DCT gearbox. The selected models will get the optional nine-speed DCT unit that supports a coasting mode together with the kinetic energy regeneration. Alongside standard front-wheel drive, the Mercedes will be 4Matic all-wheel-drive system available on higher-end models.

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