With a slightly revised design, the new Mercedes A-Class benefits from the new MBUX infotainment system and new lightweight hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. The fourth-generation Mercedes A-Class has received a facelift. Reusable in compact and sedan bodywork as well as AMG derivatives, the latter have received subtle exterior and interior design modifications. The German compact car houses the latest generation of the brand’s MBUX infotainment system and now offers a range of electric gasoline engines and the slightly more powerful A250e plug-in hybrid. As for the exterior, the modifications include new LED headlights with a slightly reshaped appearance and a new LED daytime running light signature. They now appear in the form of a single bar at the top of each lens, replacing the “L” shape of the previous model. The bumper has another lower air intake, and the grille has been sized while remaining hexagonal. For the AMG version, the bumper boasts larger side air intakes and the grille insert is adorned with a small three-star shape. The aggressive theme also applies to the rear bumper, which features erroneous corner exits and chrome diffuser elements. The dashboard layout inside the new technology is almost identical to the model before the facelift. The difference is the touchpad connected to the infotainment system that leaves the center console. In its place are shallow storage compartments, buttons to access Dynamic Select and parking assistance systems, a volume wheel and a new fingerprint sensor. As before, two screens dominate the dashboard and are available in two configurations. The basic option offers a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen, while the upgrade option offers two 10.25-inch screens. They are now powered by the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), which offers a variety of connectivity services. There is also an additional USB-C port and increased USB charging capacity. Mercedes is also pushing an update to its safety assistance system. With the available driver assistance packages, lane keeping assistance is enhanced by supporting active steering control. Parking Pack now supports vertical parking and offers, among other things, a 360° camera with 3D images. As far as the new engine powertrain is concerned, all petrol engines are equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system with an integrated belt-driven starter generator (RSG). The latter provides start-up support of up to 14 hp. The petrol range consists of four options, including the A180, which features a 1.3-liter M282 turbocharged four-cylinder with 136 hp and 230 Nm of torque. Next up is the A200, which uses the same M282 but delivers 163 hp and 270 Nm. Starting with the A220 4Matic, there are also two all-wheel drive variants powered by the 2.0-liter M260 turbocharged four-cylinder. In addition to gasoline and diesel engines, as well as the A250 4Matic deploying 221 hp and 350 Nm, 116 hp and 280 Nm, A200d 150 hp and 320 Nm, A220d 190 hp and 400 Nm – a hybrid called the upgraded A250. The configuration continues to use the M282 engine with the same power as the A200, but the electric motor integrated into the 8-speed 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission now has more power (107hp and 300Nm or more than 7hp before). The total power of the system, on the other hand, remains the same at 215hp and 450Nm.
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