Dual-screen MBUX infotainment will be standard range-wide

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced preliminary specifications for the upcoming A-Class range, which will initially comprise an A180, A200 and A250 petrol variants.

All cars coming to Australia will get the dual 10.25-inch widescreen displays as standard, MBUX with 'Hey Mercedes' functionality, keyless start, satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, and LED headlights as standard.

A 225W audio system with nine speakers and a subwoofer will also be included, along with nine airbags, to all Aussie A-Classes. We also get a larger fuel tank than some European markets – 51L compared to 43L.

The comfort-focused Progressive suspension tune will be the Australian starting point, while ticking the AMG Line box drops the ride height by 15mm. AMG Exclusive adds adaptive dampers to the mix.

Power in the A250 4MATIC will come from a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 165kW/350Nm, while the A200 will be powered by a 120kW/250Nm four-cylinder 1.33-litre petrol, both turbocharged, naturally. Apparently the A133 badge wasn't attractive...

Although unconfirmed at this point, it looks likely to A180 will also be powered by a detuned version of the same 1.33-litre. The entire range will be paired with a 7G Tronic transmission as standard. There will be no diesel option this time around due to slow sales.

Sitting at the top of the range will be the yet-to-be-revealed AMG A45, although there's word the car will get a new name in its second generation. It'll be unveiled before year's end, along with an AMG A35.

Given it needs to justify a price premium over the A35, expect the A45 to be wilder than the current car – which is no shrinking violet as it is.

The new A-Class will touch down in the third quarter of 2018. Pricing and full specifications will be revealed in August.