One area which is a completely new departure from the current model is the cabin which the company says ‘revolutionises the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness’.
The unique architecture is particularly marked by the avantgarde design of the dashboard. There is much a more generous amount of interior space. The architecture and the control/display systems of the new A-Class will be a unique selling point in this segment. The dashboard is divided into two three-dimensional, horizontal sections: the lower section is visually separated from the main body of the dashboard by a ‘trench’, and it appears to float in front of the dashboard. The optional ambience lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure.
The standard widescreen cockpit is completely free-standing and, for the first time, there are absolutely no cowls above the instruments. The sporty air vents in a turbine-look are another highlight.
The new A-Class also takes its lead from the luxury Mercedes-Benz models where many other details are concerned. The multifunctional steering wheel comes from the S-Class, for example. The front seats likewise have comfort features available from higher segments, including seat climate control, massage function and multi-contour seat. The trim elements are in a wrap-around design, and the choice of materials (e.g. open-pore wood) underscores the progressive, high-quality positioning.
The interior has a greatly enhanced feeling of spaciousness, better all-round visibility and more space. Utility value is increased by more shoulder-room (front +9 mm, rear +22 mm), elbow-room (front +35 mm, rear +36 mm) and headroom (front +7 mm, rear +8 mm). Easier access to the rear seats is another plus point while the cargo area is enlarged by 29 litres.
Thanks to two-section rear lights, the loading aperture is 20 cm wider than before, and the luggage compartment floor is 11.5 cm longer. If required, the rear seat backrest can be positioned more upright to accommodate bulky boxes. All-round visibility has also been considerably improved by around 10%.
“The new A-Class embodies the next stage in our design philosophy of sensual purity, and has the potential to usher in a new design era,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “The interior presents modern luxury at a level previously unattainable in this class, and transports the user interface into the digital age.”
The new A-Class will replace a bestseller that has decisively contributed to a more youthful brand image for Mercedes-Benz. Surveys have found that the average age of European drivers of this most compact class model is now 13 years lower than for the preceding series. The new model will offer considerably more utility value, making it as youthful as ever – but as grown-up as never before.
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