A-Class Set to Hit Showrooms Late 2018 in North America

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

U.S. version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be the first Benz to use the all-new MBUX multimedia system.

When Mercedes-Benz first dropped the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in its home market over two decades ago, it was a row of firsts for Stuttgart: the first Benz to tackle the compact car market, the first Benz to be strictly front-wheel drive, and the first Benz to be designed by Coventry University graduate Steve Mattin (who would also go on to design the ML and GL).

Two decades later, the A-Class is in for another set of firsts. The fourth generation of the “Baby Benz” will be the first time the U.S. market experiences the Mercedes version of compact luxury, while the A-Class will be the first to be sold with the all-new Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia infotainment system, or MBUX.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Debuting in Brooklyn, New York this week, the new A-Class will go on sale as a 2019 model in late 2018, though only the sedan will be available in the U.S. market. Based on MB’s “Sensual Purity” design language, the A-Class Sedan “as the proportions of a dynamic and compact sedan with short front and rear overhangs,” with a “deep greenhouse” and compact backside combined with 17- to 19-inch wheels and pronounced wheel arches for a sporty, muscular appearance and stance.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The centerpiece of the new A-Class Sedan is, of course, the MBUX multimedia infotainment system. The system uses artificial intelligence to learn and adapt with each user, “creating an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers.” The system is accessed via the standard pair of seven-inch touchscreens, or the optional pair of 10.25-inch displays. MBUX includes new and improved services, including those related to “Car-to-X Communication” and vehicle tracking.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class Sedan will come in two versions: the A 220 and the A 220 4MATIC. Both are equipped with a two-liter turbocharged I4 good for 188 horses and 221 lb-ft of torque, and whose power is sent to the front or all corners via the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. No word on pricing at this time.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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