Image comparison: New Mercedes A-class of 2018 meets BMW 1 series

With the new Mercedes A-class W177 one of the main rivals of the BMW 1-series celebrates its Premiere at the Geneva motor show in 2018. The new edition of the Premium compact class from Stuttgart, Germany relies on a significantly more advanced Design with smaller and thus sportier-looking headlights, a clean up, and many lines freed side view and a rear end, the lights, thanks to two split-back a better-loading the trunk of promises.

Unchanged the technical concept of the A-class, which relies on transverse-mounted engines and front-wheel drive and, therefore, clear from the fun-focused concept of the current BMW is different 1-series F20, with balanced weight distribution and rear-wheel drive. However, From 2019, the BMW 1-series F40 will use a similar concept like the Mercedes A-class, the third 1-series Generation is known to be converted to a front-wheel-drive concept. All-wheel drive is in order for many customers in search of driving fun to the mandatory Option – both with the new A-class, W177, as well as the next 1 series.

For the market launch of the new Mercedes A-class the engine range includes only three options, from a rapid Expansion of supply is assumed, without a doubt. Available the four-cylinder petrol engine in the A 200 with 1.33-Liter engine and 163 HP, A 250 with a 2.0 litre engine and 224 HP, as well as the four-cylinder Diesel A 180 d with 1.5 Liter displacement and 116 horsepower. On 4MATIC models with all-wheel drive, the customer must not, moreover, both A 250 and A are coupled 180 d mandatory with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and not a manual transmission available.

Brand new, the interior is presented with the Infotainment System MBUX, the S-class & co. well-known Widescreen Cockpit in the A-class. Optionally, two 12.3-inch Displays are used to display all relevant information, including a Head-Up Display. With extensive networking and natural language operation does not want to trump the Mercedes A-class, the iDrive System of the BMW 1-series F20.

On the latest state of the technology, the assistance systems of the new A-class. The driver can, among other things, to the active cruise control, active steering and a lane change assistant or even a traffic jam assistant support. Optional Multibeam LED headlights ensure that the road is lit at night, optimally.

The BMW 1-series F20 can’t hide his age in the areas of assistance systems and Infotainment, and must match the case of some of the functions of the A-class. New the cards of 2019 are mixed, if the BMW 1 series F40 comes on the market – and, therefore, under special observation, because the former eliminates the unique feature of rear-wheel drive. One may therefore assume that BMW will be in all the other disciplines in more effort to attract even more customers for the compact class, from Munich.

Dieter Zetsche (CEO of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars): “The A-class is an important driver of change for Mercedes-Benz, and the best example of how we have managed to rejuvenate the entire brand. From an ‘entry model’ is no longer in this A-class is not much left. She has grown up and is fully in line with our Definition of ‘Modern Luxury‘. And this is unique in this Segment.”

(Photos: Mercedes-Benz / BMW)

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