The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, aka the fourth generation A-Class, has arrived. And some of the few things it boasts would be the technology upgrade, three new engines, and a slight increase in size. Overall, the hatchback gets a handful of cool features that makes it stand out from other models, while receiving physical improvements that turn it into a more stylish hatchback.
Firstly, its wheelbase has grown by 1.2 inches (30 millimeters), while its track is half an inch (14mm) wider. Because size has been increased, there will be more space for passenger, and I mean more shoulder and head room. Plus an increase in cargo capacity where they can put larger suitcases in. Passengers will also benefit from a more comfortable ride, thanks to the revised suspension. There are also optional active dampers that can be adjusted depending on the driving mode you choose.
Its new exterior, especially up front, has been made to look more angular. It also looks more aggressive because of the new downward sloping nose and a pair of tilted headlights. Customers can then upgrade to a set of Multibeam LED headlights, with 18 individually actuated LEDs.
As for the engine options, the 2019 A-Class will get a number of choices too. It can come with a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder that brings out 161 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton metres) of torque that is paired to a seven speed dual clutch gearbox or a six speed manual on the M 282. The larger engine in the M 260 is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that produces 221 horsepower (165 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque.
That engine only works with a seven speed dual clutch transmission. The new A Class’ third engine option can also be had in the OM 608 1.5 liter four cylinder turbodiesel with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It makes 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts) and 192 pound feet (260 Newton metres). Aside from these, the automaker claims that they will be offering more engines later on. Buyers could either get the A-Class with a front wheel drive or a 4Matic all wheel drive.
Moving into the interior, the new A-Class highlights the automaker’s latest MBUX infotainment system, together with a digital instrument cluster. There will be three options available: a pair of 7-inch displays, a 7-inch and a 10.25 inch combo, or two large 10.25 inch monitors that create a widescreen illusion. The screens can be operated in either a touchscreen, an additional touchpad on the center console, or an optional feature that hears voice commands.
For interested customers, the A-Class hatchback should soon be available in Europe later this year, which will then be followed by a North American release.