Mercedes-Benz has finally taken the wraps off the all-new 2019 A Class. The new hatchback is serving as a previous of Mercedes’ new family of small vehicles, some of which will find their way to the U.S. market.
For now only the A Class Hatchback has been revealed, but a sedan in two wheelbases, new CLA sedan and shooting brake, GLA, B Class and rumored GLB SUV will all be based on the same new architecture. Only the A Class Sedan CLA lineup and GLA are expected for the U.S. market, while the rugged GLB SUV is also likely.
Expect all A Class variants to sport styling similar to the hatchback variant revealed today in Amsterdam. This means the styling is very similar to the all-new CLS, with a new take on the Mercedes-Benz front fascia, smoother sheetmetal on the sides and a rear design that isn’t all that different than today’s small Mercedes products.
The bigger story with the A Class is what is on the inside. Mercedes appears to have taken the interior up a notch with many materials and design cues shared with its more-premium Mercedes siblings, including a massive two-screen display panel that will house the brand’s new MBUX infotainment system.
Mercedes has already announced three new powertrains for the A Class. The base model in global markets will be a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter will serve as the sole engine in the U.S. car. Europeans will also gain access to a 1.5-liter diesel offering; it and the 1.3-liter were co-developed with Renault. All engines will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while Europe will also have access to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Along with multiple engines, Mercedes is also offering multiple suspension setups with this new family of small cars. All U.S. variants will get a multi-link rear suspension designed to house all-wheel drive. Europe and other global markets will also offer a lesser suspension setup.
So far Mercedes is not talking about AMG variants, but an A53 model is highly expected with at least 400 horsepower. A lesser A40 model may also arrive with around 300 horsepower.