Mercedes Previews Next-Generation Compact Models with New Concept

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Whatever this concept becomes, it will be the first vehicle launched on Mercedes' new MFA2 platform, which the company developed specifically to expand their small-car lineup. As well as the high-performance twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, available in two states of tune, company auto buyers are likely to have their interest piqued by the new inline six-cylinder diesel engines that are making their debuts in the new luxury saloon. The "Aesthetics A" sculpture already demonstrated that the upcoming compact class generation marks the dawn of an even more rigorous implementation of the design idiom of "sensual purity". It automatically accelerates and brakes the new S-class saloon within posted speed limits, while providing autonomous steering for periods of up to 30sec.

Mercedes has responded quickly with this facelifted version, which will reach the United Kingdom in October.

Autocar claims a production version of the Concept A Sedan will be available with a range of four-cylinder engines, with a 400bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged unit featuring in the "range-topping A45 4Matic model". A plug-in hybrid model is also on the way, with a 31-mile electric-only range.

Inside, the S-Class continues to come with two 12.3in screens, which dominate the space. As well as this, there's a variety of new semi-autonomous safety kit that includes lane-change assist, active steer assist, active cruise control and active steer assist, all of which make the new S-Class almost fully autonomous on the motorway.

That's where the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes in. According to Mercedes, whereas the E-class makes do with Generation 4 driver-assistance software, the 2018 S-class marks Generation 4.5.

By far the biggest changes have happened under the hood, where all but one engine are brand new not just to the S-Class, but Mercedes-Benz on the whole. That said, Mercedes dealers are known to have given generous offers on the old model, so chances are that you'll be able to pick up a discount before long.

Moving to the rear, the taillights carry over the Y-shaped graphics seen that is now familiar on the latest A-Class hatch, although it is now encased within a more angular-looking cluster (again, different from the CLA).

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