Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

New Mercedes Concept A hints at future compact saloon

Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 00:46

Mercedes says that several new engines are planned for the new S-Class when it is launched throughout Europe from July. All new S Class variants get new keys and keyless ignition start / stop setup.

The vehicle, launched at the Shanghai motor show this week, has a 48-volt power system which allows Mercedes to convert the alternator into a supplementary electric motor to boost acceleration and to provide wireless charging for mobile phones, Daimler said. The new S-Class features new innovations in the engine that make it highly efficient with a series of new technologies for electrification of the powertrain.

There will be some gasoline inline-sixes in the near future as well, but all we know so far about them is that they will incorporate a 48-volt onboard power supply. Active Emergency Stop Assist can pull the auto to a complete halt if the driver is deemed to have checked-out of their monitoring responsibilities.

"Their success shows that our customers are absolutely delighted with the current generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars", Daimler AG sales and marketing head Britta Seeger said in a statement.

Never to disappoint, Mercedes-Benz has introduced an array of technological advancements.

Upon first sight the Concept A Sedan draws much of its design from other recent Mercedes-Benz concept cars.

Completing the overhauled engine range will be an improved plug-in hybrid system with 50km of electric range. The new Command infotainment system has been updated with two 12.3-inch screens housed under a single glass panel.

A stronger focus on passenger well-being and health has seen the inclusion of a new "Energising Comfort" system, which alters the car's climate control, seat functions, lighting and music to suit the occupants' mood. There are six programmes that can be selected, which are freshness, warmth, vitality, joy, comfort and training.

The new look is clearly an evolution of Mercedes' current design language known as Sensual Purity, and is contrasted by more defined proportions and smoother surfacing. The LED headlight and taillights are updated with revised internals.

Expect the facelifted S-Class to arrive in Australia from December 2017.

Out back the biggest change is a tweaked rear bumper with visible exhausts.