Germans from Mercedes-Benz have started tests of the new compact A-Class 4 generation, a prototype of which has already lighted up in spy photos. It is expected that the premiere of the novelty will be held at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 in March. According to reports, the new Mercedes A-class 2018-2019 will be slightly larger than its predecessor , to provide more space for the rear passengers and under the luggage in the trunk. In addition, the lineup of the model will be replenished with a sedan, which will prove to be larger and more practical than the cup-shaped CLA . Outside, the Mercedes A-Class in the new body received a different bumper, wider grille, head optics and rear lights of a modified form, and in all other respects the car retained the features and proportions of the car of the previous generation. But the salon has changed quite seriously – the photo and details about the interior features the manufacturer has spread in the fall of 2017. The cars of the family received a single widescreen panel, which replaced the traditional device and a separate screen of the multimedia system. At the same time, the combined displays here do not have the visor customary for the “older” models. At the base, the new Mercedes A-class has two displays, each with a diagonal of 7″. More expensive versions are equipped with a 10.25-inch entertainment screen, while in the top this display relies both on multimedia and on the device. Managing the functionality of the multimedia system is offered from the traditional touchpad located on the central tunnel. Also miniature touchpads are available on the spokes of the steering wheel, which was borrowed from the updated S-Class. The climate control unit was placed on the center console. In addition, the interior of the new model Mercedes A-Class 2018 turned a bit more spacious. The width at the elbow level increased by 35-36 mm, and over the heads of passengers it was possible to cut an additional 7-8 mm. The new front panel architecture, thinner racks and leg-mounted exterior mirrors have improved visibility by 10%. Also it should be noted that if the ambient lighting of the cabin on the predecessor includes only 12 colors, then on a new generation car there are already 64 of them. Plus, the manufacturer promises improved ergonomics. In particular, the new Mercedes-Benz A-class got enlarged pockets in the front doors (now they contain an A4 sheet), and on the rear there are notches for bottles. The back of the rear sofa is adjustable in the angle of inclination, and it can be folded not only in the proportion of 60:40, but also 40:20:40, thus increasing the capacity of the trunk. The latter has a default hatchback of 370 liters (+ 29). Its volume grew at the expense of the depth increased by 115 mm, while the opening of the compartment itself became wider by 200 mm. And for the A-Class, three variants of the front seats were prepared at once, and during their development the technology of computer simulation was used for the first time. Basic are comfortable seats with electrical adjustments in 20 directions, heating and ventilation. Some versions will be equipped with sports seats with integrated headrests, and for extra charge you can order multi-circuit seats with electric adjustments for lateral and lumbar support, as well as a massage function. The new Mercedes A-Class 2018 is based on the modernized modular platform MFA2, developed in conjunction with specialists from Renault. It is somewhat easier than before and optimized for the use of various power units, including hybrid ones. As for the engines themselves, no details about them yet. It is only expected that they will become more economical and environmentally friendly, and the AMG version will receive two modifications: the top A45 II with a return of 400 “horses” and a quieter A40 with a capacity of about 300 forces. Sales of new items are likely to begin in the second half of 2018, the prices are not reported.