Screens everywhere, more space and more tech coming
The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has had its insides revealed and detailed this week, during a special event held in Germany.
Sitting in front of the driver is a fully-digital instrument display merged with the central infotainment screen, varying in size depending on the model variant.
Autoblog says entry-level models will get a dual-7.0-inch setup as standard, while mid-to high-grade variants will either get one 7.0-inch and one 10.25-inch screen or dual-10.25-inch displays. The latter two versions get bonded glass technology for the screens, according to the publication.
Gone are the current car's rotary dials and supplementary LCD displays for the air-conditioning system, with all controls now being accessed via the central infotainment screen - though there's a strip of physical buttons to adjust the temperature and demister functions.
"Thanks to the visual separation of the lower section from the main body of the dashboard, the former appears to float in front of the dashboard," Hartmut Sinkwitz, head of interior design, told Autoblog.
"At the same time, the A-Class is the first series-production model to dispense completely with a classic cockpit shroud. This literally places the large widescreen cockpit with its bonded glass technology in the forefront."
"Moreover, there is no longer a display in the A/C control panel, as the visual representation is exclusively via the central display," he added.
There's also new turbine-shaped fans taken straight from the E-Class, while the new steering wheel design borrows heavily from the S-Class flagship.
In an effort to push the A-Class further upmarket, features like climate-controlled front seats and LED ambient interior lighting (with 64 LEDs) will be offered, while passenger space and interior storage are also set to get a significant upgrade.
Autoblog reports that the new A-Class features more shoulder room (+9mm front, +22mm rear), elbow room (+35mm front, +36mm rear) and headroom (+7mm front, +8mm rear).
The boot, meanwhile, is said to have increased to 370 litres - a 29L improvement over the current model. According to the report, the luggage area features a 200mm-wider aperture thanks to new split tail-lights, while the boot floor itself is 115mm longer than its predecessor's.
It's reported that the new-generation A-Class will be revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March, with the related CLA and GLA to follow. An A-Class sedan is also coming, though this will likely be reserved for the Chinese market a-la BMW 1 Series sedan.
Other updates expected include a new entry-level AMG variant, dubbed 'A40' in recent coverage - likely to replace the current A250 Sport - along with an even more powerful A45 approaching the 300kW mark.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class updates in the coming months.
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