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Geneva LIVE: Mercedes-Benz reveals fourth-generation A-Class

by Justin King

Showcasing the company\'s latest design language and technology, the hatchback is the first model to receive the new MBUX infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the fourth-generation A-Class at the Geneva Auto Show.

The hatchback continues the brand's design shift, adopting a fresh look with fewer creases and new LED headlights. The hood appears to slope at a steeper angle, while the rear aims to achieve a wider look.

The company claims the new A-Class is the most aerodynamic model in the compact class, with a drag coefficient of just 0.25 and optional active grille shutters.

Occupants are treated to a completely overhauled interior, omitting the traditional cowl in favor of an unbroken wing-shape dashboard that extends from door to door. All configurations feature dual displays, with 7.0-inch panels on lower trim levels and 10.25-inch screens on premium packages.

The A-Class is the first model to receive Mercedes-Benz new MBUX infotainment platform. The system uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver's preferences.

Despite its position at the bottom of the German automaker's lineup, the new A-Class essentially offers the full range of active safety and assistance systems that are available in the S-Class.

The Euro-spec edition is available with three different powertrains including two gasoline engines with up to 221 horsepower or a diesel mill with 114 ponies.

Mercedes-Benz has not signaled any official intention to bring the hatchback to the US market.

Live photography by Ronan Glon.