Mercedes-Benz promises new A-Class interior for digital age
20 December 2017
Author: Sean Keywood
Mercedes-Benz says the interior of its new A-Class will feature 'avant-garde' design and more space for passengers.
The new A-Class will be launched next year, and Mercedes hopes it will emulate the success and more youthful image of its predecessor. The company says the average age of European drivers of the current model is 13 years lower than that of its predecessor.
Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler AG, said: "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.
"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's dashboard is divided into two three-dimensional, horizontal sections, with the lower section visually separated from the main body of the dashboard by a 'trench', and appearing to float in front of the dashboard. The optional ambience lighting enhances this effect.
The standard widescreen cockpit is completely free-standing and there are no cowls above the instruments.
Mercedes says the A-Class take its lead from the company's other models, with a multifunctional steering wheel from the S-Class, and front seats fitted with features from higher segments, such as seat climate control and a massage function. All-round visibility is said to have been improved by around 10%.
In terms of space, shoulder room is increased by 9mm at the front and 22mm at the rear, elbow room by 35mm at the front and 36mm at the rear, and head room by 7mm at the front and 8mm at the rear.
Mercedes also promises easier access to the rear seats and says there will be 370 litres of boot space, an increase of 29 litres compared with the previous model.
The loading aperture is 20cm wider than before and the luggage compartment floor is 11.5cm longer.
There will also be an option to place the rear seat backrest in a more upright position to accommodate bulky loads.