Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to launch the next-generation A-class (codename:W177), worldwide. These spyshots clicked by our reader while undergoing a road testing in Dubai. Merc uses Dubai to test the car’s durability, calibration and general testing for heat or humidity.

The company is set to give the A-class a long sloping bonnet and hunched rear hatch, as seen on the current generation model, albeit in a new avatar. The length and width of the model are set to increase, and the A-class will boast full LED headlights and large exhausts. Interior could be borrowed from the current E-class on-sale here, consisting of an updated COMAND infotainment system, Apple car play and android compatibility.

The A-class will employ 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engines along with the current model’s 1.5 litre diesel engine. Gearbox could come in the form of a 6-speed manual and a dual clutch automatic. As of every next-gen model, there is also much hype going on about this model, which is expected to start a new trend in its segment.

Mercedes will showcase the A-class at the upcoming Frankfurt Motorcycle Ahow in September, and will officially debut the model there as well as in European markets. The new A-class will arrive at Indian shores in late-2018 to rival the likes of the Audi A1 and BMW 1-Series. The A-class, currently in its third-generation, will make way for the next-generation model in Mercedes’s India lineup.

 
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