B ROOKLYN, New York – It is usually the other way around. In the US, we usually get a sedan version of compact cars from Europe, while Europeans get hatchbacks. But something interesting happened this time. CLA-Class-Benz swoopy, entry level sedan (or four-door coupe, if you are in Benz marketing) based on, but not named, A-Class-has been a hit in the United States. Then, Stuttgart's mindset has been decided to make a great deal of launching its new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan-the first ever since version of the model since its launch in 1997. And now we get an A-class sedan that's not a CLA class, but is basically an updated CLA. Get all that You can get it at the end of the year.
Call it as you want, one thing you can not call 201
MBUX, which will eventually replace the car manufacturer's well-developed COMAND system throughout the setup, is known as a technological breakthrough in infotainment. A noticeable departure from COMAND is that it is a touch screen enabled setup. On the hardware side, Mercedes co-operated with Nvidia to utilize the chip maker's GPU technology to improve MBUX's ease of use and speed. It also uses artificial intelligence algorithms to understand the features you use most and make them more accessible, and enhanced voice command features you can use by first saying "Hello Mercedes" (Beastie Boys "Hey Ladies" version did not cut). MBUX can also be updated either by local (ie at the dealer) or over-the-air updates in the future, which should improve the life span. It may even recognize your preferences if you are driving another MBUX-enabled vehicle. Very cool stuff.
There are two screen configurations in which the MBUX magic occurs, either two 7-inch wide screens, one in front of the driver like the digital dashboard and a main info display or the available large kahuna 10.25-inch screenshots that dominate the entire dashet and watch the killer (impress your friends!). Check the steering wheel and the center console also helps to handle the mass of functions.
What's under the hood is not so revolutionary given that the 2019 Mercedes A-Class, which will be badged in the US like A 220 and A 220 4MATIC, uses essentially the same layout as existing CLA . While the 2.0-liter turbo-inline four-speed and 7-speed dual-coupling automatically transmits from CLA, the current is actually down. Nothing we usually see. Horsepower is 188 hp vs 208 in CLA and torque is listed at 221 lb-ft against 258 in CLA. Mercedes has not provided any details as to whether anything was done on the engine. Our best guess at this point is that it has been massaged to be more effective. Never fear of horsepower, you can bet at the bottom of Benz that we will soon see AMG versions of the A-class. An AMG style package will be available for A class.
The A-Class suspension layout is also similar in size to CLA, with a McPherson design at the front and multilink rear, the exception is entry-level, propulsion models on 17-inch wheels that come with a more basic (and easier) torsion beam behind . In addition to 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch helmets will be available. Dimensional width (0.7 inches wider) and height (0.3 inches higher) similar to CLA. Wheelbases differ slightly more, with the 2019 Class A CLA with more than an inch (107.4 versus 106.3), which should mean a smidge bigger cabin. The biggest dimensional difference is in length, as the A-Class is especially shorter than CLA (179.1 vs 182.3-inch) thanks to the reduced front and rear suspension.
These shorter overhangs are also where primary exterior changes have occurred over CLA. The front of the A-Class utilizes stronger, more angled headlights, and a much deeper and wider lower fascia reinforced by corresponding aggressive kicked side air intake. The A-post is adjusted slightly, the rear mirror is moved to the belt line, and the profiles appear more rounded. Outside the back, wider touches include a two-part backlight design, a deeper lip spoiler and horizontal reflector flanking the back. It's a smart update for our eyes, one that does not detract from the general cabin-like greenhouse or general style theme that helped make CLA hit here in the United States
Inside is where the big changes take place between A-Class and CLA, which starts with the digital screens that dominate the case, allowing the designers to create cleaner dash lines without having to integrate a cover to a traditional dashboard. The COMAND button mashup gives way to a clean, wide line of essential climate and other control buttons, and the new steering wheel has dramatically updated controls. The circular air valves have been transformed and bright, like other lines in the car (in a range of 64 colors no less!), And the center console now has a touch pad toped by a palm rest pad to make it easier. Materials seem to be improved, and the overall cabin design is more thought-out ergonomically.
Then there are the help. You can babysit halfway to death in the A-class and make it semi-autonomous (keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes ahead, people) drive things just like the rich people who drive S-Classes when choosing the driver's package. It bunts Benz's Active Distance Assist adaptive cruise control system that can help plot the route and predictably adjust the car's speed when the road is turning or roundabout, along with Active Emergency Stop Assist and Active Lane Change Assist. Active brake assistance is standard, which can interfere with preventing you from stopping someone or crosswalking pedestrians and cyclists, and we will give you a guess what Active Lane Keeping Assist can do.
So far there is not yet a word At pricing, but with the 2019 Class A, it's obvious that Mercedes seems to ensure that when people think about entry level and Benz, they do not think cheap. (Oh, and it's made in Mexico and Germany, then cross your fingers without tariffs!) Our best guess is around $ 36K to begin with pricing to get up considerably from there if you want all the good stuff. And we will bet on you some MBUX that if you want one you want.