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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Overview
For 2019, Mercedes-Benz rolls out the A-Class, an all-new entry-level model in its lineup of sporty luxury cars. The A-Class is a petite 4-door sedan, borrowing styling cues and desirable features from the more established names in the Mercedes stable while also serving as the debut platform of the brand’s latest technology features. While the A-Class has been available in different markets around the world beginning in 1997, this is the first time the model will be available in the U.S, competing against the likes of the Audi A3. This sedan is key to the brand’s plans for expansion into the competitive market for upscale small cars, after testing the waters with the 2013 debut of the CLA coupe.
The A-Class design makes a thoughtful addition to the Mercedes portfolio. A low roofline paired with short front and rear overhangs gives this Mercedes an athletic profile, and it sits low on standard 17-inch wheels. The angular LED headlights and wide, dark grille are instantly recognizable as Mercedes’ signature design details. Around back, 2-piece taillights draw attention to the car’s width and stance. The choice of black or chrome rear bumper accents gives the buyer a choice of emphasizing the car’s sportiness or elegance.
The A-Class sedan will launch with one powertrain, featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine rated for 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base configuration is front-wheel drive (FWD) for the base trim, though shoppers will have the option to upgrade to Mercedes-Benz’ all-wheel-drive (AWD) system by opting for the A 220 4Matic. Mercedes also offers the option of an available adaptive suspension system. As of this writing, the EPA hasn’t yet provided fuel economy ratings for the A-Class.
Mercedes-Benz says the cabin of the A-Class is unlike other Mercedes currently on the market, designed to make the car look and feel as spacious as possible. A unique dashboard design, large infotainment displays, and ambient lighting all contribute to the effect. Two trim levels will be available, A 220 and A 220 4MATIC, and the key difference between them is the inclusion of the 4MATIC AWD system. Standard features include the MBUX infotainment system with two 7-inch displays, power front seats with memory functions, and a panoramic roof. Options include a 64-color ambient lighting upgrade, ventilated seats, and a hands-free trunk system. An AMG Line package, a Night Package with black styling accents, and a Parking Assistance Package are just a few of the packages that offer more features.
Mercedes-Benz’ new MBUX infotainment system makes its debut in the 2019 A-Class. This system is the control hub of the A-Class as well as its visual centerpiece, thanks to two side-by-side 7-inch displays. It can be operated by touch screen, touchpad, steering wheel-mounted controls, or voice recognition, and it features artificial intelligence technology that enables the system to adapt to the vehicle’s owner. Furthermore, updates to the MBUX software are automatic and are installed wirelessly. The system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Options include wireless device charging, an upgrade to two 10.25-inch display screens, a head-up (HUD) display, and navigation.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has not yet been tested for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mercedes designed the A-Class at the Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety and used real crash data to come up with a rigid, impact-resistant passenger compartment built with high-strength steel. Standard safety technology in the A-Class includes active brake assist and hill-start assist. Optional safety features include semi-autonomous driving features such its active assist, which uses navigation and map data to slow down the vehicle when approaching intersections or curves. A multi-view reversing camera, automatic emergency braking, lane-change assist, lane-keep assist, and collision mitigation systems are also available.
U.S. shoppers have been denied the Mercedes-Benz A-Class until now. With this car, Mercedes shows that even the smallest, most accessible model in the lineup can provide customers with the best technology the brand has to offer. The A-Class will go on sale in the United States in early 2019.
Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.
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