The design: Elevated heart rate

Striking lines, dynamically curved surfaces and coupé-like window lines characterise the new exterior of the A-Class, following the design philosophy of sensuous clarity. With a new, more arrow-shaped front bumper, new LED high-performance headlamps (optional extra) and redesigned tail lamps with dual tailpipe trim integrated flush into the bumper, the new generation emphasises the sportiness and dynamics of the successful compact class model series. The A-Class is now available in the new trend colour elbaite green metallic. An instrument cluster of tubular design with classy gauge design and anodised switches upgrade the high-quality interior, as does the large, free-standing and frameless display of the head unit, which is now optionally available with a larger 20.3-cm (8-inch) screen. New colours and materials, as well as new finishes for the trim in the dashboard, ensure a fresh ambience.
The design of the A-Class was already young and progressive – the model update now puts the emphasis even more on the sporty-dynamic orientation. The new front bumper is more arrow-shaped and takes its lead from the Concept A-CLASS (2011) concept vehicle. As a result, the radiator grille stands even more prominently in the light. All A-Class vehicles are now equipped with a single-louvre grille as part of the model update. In the past, it was reserved exclusively for the sportiest models.
Because the sensor of the standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS assistance system is no longer positioned behind a glass pane in the Mercedes star but was relocated to behind the bumper, the central star now has a three-dimensional appearance.
All A-Class models now feature the striking diamond grille. It is black as standard while the dots are chromed on the AMG Line design and equipment line as well as on the Sport model. Another distinguishing feature is the trim strip in the lower part of the bumper: it is chromed on the Style and Urban design and equipment lines and black in conjunction with the Night package. As on the Concept A-CLASS, the second air intake at the side of the front bumper is now vertically arranged and visually adds to the width of the vehicle.
LED high-performance headlamps with distinctive light signet are available as an optional extra for the A-Class (for technical details, please see chapter lighting). The polygon shape of LED main lens is taken up by the side brace in the headlamp. The hallmark "torch" was retained. The designers further evolved the LED modules for the daytime running lights and the turn indicators above the character line in the headlamp visually: instead of the previous dew drop shape, there are now clearly designed lines visible under the glass cover. In addition, a blue 'coming home' light welcomes the driver.
The tail lamps were also revised and now sport a more homogeneous stripe design. As standard, the A-Class is fitted with partial LED tail lamps. Full LED tail lamps are installed in conjunction with the LED high-performance headlamps. The backlit meander provides an impressive light signet and improved visibility. The tailpipe trim is now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps. The Style design and equipment line does not have visible tailpipe trim. The tailpipe trim is chromed from Urban on up.
The A-Class is now available in the new trend colour elbaite green metallic. The new exterior colour replaces universe blue. Six new sporty light-alloy wheels also underscore the progressive character.
The high-quality interior was upgraded further with loving attention to detail. Distinguishing features of the new A-Class generation include
  • the new steering wheel generation with three-spoke design and twelve function keys as standard
  • new finishes for the trim in the instrument panel in conjunction with Style, Urban or the Exclusive package
  • the optional free-standing and now up to eight inch screen with flush-fitting full glazing
  • exclusive equipment scopes such as ambience lighting in 12 different colours and welcome sequence
  • high-quality new controls, such as the fully anodised switch panel in the centre console (from Style) or the chrome surrounds on the transmission tunnel
  • new colours and materials, e.g. sahara beige/black leather in the Exclusive package and a new seat design for the Style line with red or green highlights and the combination of Messancy fabric and ARTICO man-made leather.
The instrument cluster also underwent a visual upgrade. A new twin-tube sports instrument cluster with chrome tube surrounds is now used from Urban on up. The new fine scale graduation on the speedometer and rev counter is an indication of the high-precision instrumentation. The needles now have silver-coloured centres and a red shaft. The dials are black for perfect readability and either sport concentric rings (standard spec and Style) or a chequered flag design (Urban, AMG Line as well as Exclusive package).
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