New look, more electric driving range: Mercedes gives A-Class a facelift

New look, more electric range
Mercedes gives the A-Class a facelift

About five years after the introduction of the current A-Class, Mercedes now comes with a facelift. It brings a few visual changes and new technology. There will be no more manual switch.

Mercedes is treating its A-Class, which was introduced in the spring of 2018, to a facelift. In the five-door and sedan, it brings a fresh look, more equipment, improved infotainment functions and an extended electric range.

The A-Class now has LED taillights as standard.

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The revised A-Class can be recognized, among other things, by the two powerdomes in the hood, and the front apron and radiator grille have been revised with the star carried by a transverse buckle. The optional LED headlights have new graphics. A modified rear diffuser and the now standard LED taillights provide a fresh look at the rear.

Extensive basic equipment

The basic equipment of the A-Class has been expanded. It now includes a reversing camera, the USB package and a new double bar steering wheel with Nappa leather upholstery. The equipment of Progressive is expanded with LED headlights, lumbar support and a parking and mirror package. In the future, the parking package will offer parallel parking and a 360-degree camera view of the area around the vehicle. New to the cockpit are a USB-C port and a fingerprint sensor that allows the driver to identify themselves.


The interior of the Mercedes A-class has a new steering wheel.

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As before, there is a cockpit with two displays. The one behind the wheel is available in 7 or 10.25 inch format, the central touchscreen is now 10.25 inch in size. Speed ​​dial buttons and trackpad in the center console have been omitted. The display offers the three newly designed styles “Classic”, “Sporty”, “Subdued”. The MBUX infotainment system, the latest version of which is used in the A-Class, is operated via the right-hand touchscreen. With the activation of online services of the “Mercedes me” app, the language assistant should be able to communicate and learn and explain vehicle functions. A new guidebook provides information about points of interest along the route.

As for the powertrains, the petrol engines with between 100 kW/136 hp and 165 kW/225 hp are now supported by a starter generator that delivers an additional 10 kW/14 hp. The previous petrol versions A 160, A 200 4Matic and A 250 are no longer available. All other engine variants are only combined with automatic transmissions. The manual gearbox flies out of the program.

More electric range

In the case of the plug-in hybrid version, the higher usable energy content allows a greater electric range. Instead of a maximum of 78 kilometers in the past, the power supply will be sufficient for a maximum of 82 kilometers in the future. In addition, the power of the electric motor has increased by 5 kW/7 hp to 80 kW/109 hp. At the same time, the top speed was reduced by 10 to 225 or 230 km/h (saloon). Charging with alternating current will be possible in the future with 11 kW. Alternatively, there is a choice of three diesels with 85 kW/116 hp, 110 kW/150 hp and 140 kW/190 hp.

The modified A-Class can be ordered at the end of October. The first deliveries will take place in early 2023. Prices should start above 30,000 euros.

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