- 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Revealed
- The updated small car gets a revised look, more power and new technical features.
- Australian launch confirmed for Q2 2023
Raised face 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class debut, ahead of its Australian launch in the second quarter of next year.
It is headlined by a larger front grille, redesigned headlight internals, modified taillights, and new alloy wheel designs.
Inside, the new-style steering wheel from the C-, E- and S-Class has filtered down to the smallest Mercedes-Benz, finished in Nappa leather as standard.
The center console has been simplified, with Mercedes-Benz removing the touchpad for its infotainment system and rearranging the volume and drive mode controls.
However, unlike the C-Class and S-Class, an updated version of the current MBUX system remains, with a portrait-oriented unit closer to the driver.
Mercedes-Benz claims it has overhauled the software, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a revised 360-degree camera, a “redesigned” display style, machine learning, and a voice assistant that says ‘Hey. ‘ The ability to speak without being told is allowed. , the first of several Mercedes examples.
The voice assistant can also serve as a tour guide in the 2023 A-Class, however, this will initially be limited to the German market.
A fingerprint sensor on the center console will identify and authenticate the driver, while the brand has fitted an additional USB-C port.
The Mercedes-AMG versions – the A35 and A45 S – carry the rounded AMG badge in line with the next-generation C63 S E Performance.
It replaces the Mercedes Star with a laurel wreath, which remains attached to the bonnet on non-AMG variants.
In addition, Mercedes-AMG has further refined the A35, with the hatch and sedan getting the A45’s bulkier front bumper, Panamericana grille and power bulge on the bonnet.
It also gets an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – replacing its current seven-speed unit – and a new front radiator for better cooling.
The flagship A45 S ‘HyperHatch’ is a hatch-only offering, with its 310kW/500Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unchanged.
Under the bonnet, Mercedes-Benz has added 48-volt mild hybrid technology to the A-Class range – except for the A45 S.
The brand says its integrated starter-generator, which replaces the traditional starter motor and alternator, will deliver 10kW more power in ‘EQ Boost’ mode.
Plug-in hybrid A250e variants – only available as a hatch in Australia – get more usable capacity thanks to a 15.6kWh battery, while the maximum AC charge rate has increased from 7.4kW to 11kW.
The power of the electric motor has increased from 5kW to 80kW. As before, it’s sandwiched between a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch auto, making a total of 160kW and 450Nm.
Meanwhile, a limited AMG A45 S Street Style Edition Will be available at launch, but Australian availability is unclear.
It’s finished in matte grey, and gets fluorescent orange and matte black finishes inside and out – plus the aerodynamics and night packages are standard.
gave 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class The hatch and sedan will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of next year (April to June inclusive).
Local pricing and full details will be announced closer to launch.
The current 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $49,890 before on-road costs.
It is the best-selling luxury small car in Australia, with 2297 registrations year-to-date, ahead of the BMW 1 Series/2 Series Gran Coupe (2276) and the Audi A3 (1516).