The current Mercedes-Benz A-Class range’s move from innovative sandwich-floor construction to a more conventional front-wheel-drive layout allowed a proliferation of models, like the four-door CLA, to follow.
In the next generation, Mercedes is reportedly getting set to push even further, shuffling the line-up and adding even more variants (according to information from German publication, Autobild).
The A-class itself will reportedly be redrawn to allow for for more space in the rear of the cabin, focusing on criticisms that the current generation isn’t as practical as some competitors.
The CLA sedan will return with the next generation, but will share showroom space with a new A-Class sedan - a vital addition in the Chinese and North American markets. The CLA will retain it’s sleeker coupe-inspired styling, while the A-Class sean will offer a taller roofline, and framed window glass, amongst other differences.
On the SUV side of things the GLA will be joined by a stretched GLB, offering a longer wheelbase with enough space to fit three rows of seats for a new compact seven-seat option - something the larger GLC and GLE are both missing.
Infotainment will also take a step up, with a new electronic architecture set to underpin the driver interface, bringing with it features like a heads-up display, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and a greater range of connectivity options.
Hybrid engines are also on the agenda for the next generation MFA cars. A compact electric motor, fitted between the engine and transmission and capable of offering up to 100 kilometres of electric range in urban driving, is rumoured to be in development.
Similarly, AMG variants including the next A45 and CLA45 may turn to hybridisation to provide a performance boost on top of raised outputs from AMG’s highly-strung turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
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