The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Take a closer look

Let’s start with the interior design

The interior of the new A-Class is completely redefined with its modern, avant-garde look. Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach, revolutionising the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness. The unique interior architecture is shaped in particular by the avant-garde design of the dashboard: The designers completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The Widescreen display (optional) is completely free-standing. The air vents in a sporty turbine look are another highlight.

Below this main body is a low-lying section, the so-called wing. The wing appears to float, as there are no connections or shape transitions to the surrounding area. The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before. And it is not just the variety that has increased, as the emotive presentation also sets standards in this segment: The different colours are composed into ten colour themes to allow an avant-garde lighting display with spectacular colour changes.

The cockpit is available in three versions:

  • with two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm)

  • with one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch (26 cm) display

  • with two 10.25-inch displays.

Colour and trim: fresh colours and unusual trim

The interior can be adapted to suit personal tastes in many ways. The fresh colour concept plays an important part in this: the choice includes indigo blue inspired by the denim jeans look, as well as cool neva grey exclusive to the A-Class. Light effects create an additional effect in this context.

Depending on the equipment line, different types and colours of trim elements are available for the dashboard. Here is an overview of the trim elements:

  • SE:

    colour band matching the upholstery in neva grey, indigo blue or black with integrated, contrasting piping in orange, light blue or grey

  • Sport:

    carbon-fibre look in black or silver

  • AMG Line:

    AMG microfibre in black or aluminium with bright longitudinal grain (in conjunction with Artico upholstery)

  • Optional for Sport/AMG Line:

    light aluminium with longitudinal grain, light aluminium with line grain, trim in black open-pore lime wood or brown open-pore walnut wood (Sport only)

Now on to the exterior design

With its puristic design emphasising surfaces, the A-Class Saloon is hot and cool at the same time, and thereby is a seamless fit with the design idiom of Sensual Purity. This includes the clear formal shapes emphasising surface areas with reduced lines and precise gaps. The new A-Class Saloon has the proportions of a dynamic and compact saloon car with short front and rear overhangs.

The greenhouse which sits far back and the compact rear end lend the vehicle a formal dynamic boost. Thanks to the 16 to 19-inch wheels and the pronounced wheel arches, the A-Class Saloon has a sporty stance on the road.

The front end design looks very progressive. Contributing to this impression are the low, elongated bonnet, the slimline headlamps with chrome element, the torch-like daytime driving lights – plus the single-louvre diamond radiator grille with chrome pins (optional), and the central star.

The muscular and sensual vehicle shoulder with a precise character line running below it emphasises the perfectly contoured side volume. The side mirrors sit on the beltline.

The two-part tail lamps underscore the clear rear end that emphasises width. The rear reflectors were relocated to the modular two-part rear bumper. Depending on the selected equipment, this rear bumper is available with a black diffuser or with chrome trim strip and chrome tailpipe tips.

Here are the design details of the individual equipment lines:

  • SE:

    Radiator grille with diamond pins in black, silver-painted louvre and chrome inlay; side skirts painted in the vehicle colour; chrome-plated beltline trim strip. 16-inch or 17-inch light alloy wheels (for models with an output of 120 kW or higher)

  • Sport:

    Diamond radiator grille with pins in black, silver-painted louvre and trim insert in chrome; side skirts painted in vehicle colour; beltline and window line trim strip chromed; visible non-functional tailpipe trims and rear apron with trim element in chrome as well as various 17-inch light alloy wheels.

  • AMG Line:

    Diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and silver-painted louvre and trim insert in chrome, AMG front apron with front splitter in chrome, AMG rear apron (with visible non-functional tailpipe trims) as well as AMG side sill panel in the vehicle colour, beltline and window line trim strip chromed, 18″ AMG light alloy wheels. Front brake calliper with Mercedes-Benz logo, front brake disks perforated (for A 220 and higher).

  • Night Package (available in combination with the Sport and AMG Line):

    The package includes black-painted exterior mirror housings; diamond radiator grille with pins (depending on the Line) and louvre painted in black with a high-gloss finish; rear apron with trim painted in black with a high-gloss finish; beltline trim strip and window line trim strip in high-gloss black; heat-insulating dark-tinted glass from B-pillar. The Sport also comes with 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in black with a high-sheen finish. The AMG Line also includes 18-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish as well as the front splitter painted in black with a high-gloss finish.

The Edition 1 will follow around one year from market launch. Both on the exterior and in the interior, the exclusive special model comes with numerous colour highlights in copper, such as on the pins of the diamond radiator grille. The Edition 1 is shod with 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, copper-painted with a high-sheen finish. Additional standard features include LED High Performance headlamps, sport seats with adjustable head restraints and ambience lighting. The Edition 1 is available in all engine variants and selected paint finishes.

Register your interest for the new A-Class Saloon – Arriving in early 2019