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Spotted testing in Southern Europe, these early images of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class have surfaced. Riding on a development of the present MFA platform the current A-Class hatchback, GLA crossover and CLA four-door coupe are built on, the new MFA2 platform is set to weigh less and be compatible with a greater variety of powertrain options.

The disguise it wears is particularly concealing of the front of the car, and the prominent bonnet cladding implies significant changes to the sculpting of the bonnet and fascia on the eventual, finished product. It also appears that the upcoming A-Class will have tail lamps split between the tailgate and body, as on the GLA.

This is due to a boot opening that has been made larger, for easier access and loading of luggage. Around the sides, the test mule appears to retain the swage lines which currently feature on the current A-Class.

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Rumours are that two bodystyles will be on offer: the standard five-door hatchback form, as well as a four-door sedan built to be more spacious than the current CLA sedan, with the latter intended for the Chinese market. In terms of powertrains, the A-Class can be expected to include the gamut of Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder engines, in both petrol and diesel forms.

The range-topping AMG models can be expected to produce outputs in the ballpark of 400 hp from developments of the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, while the 4Matic all-wheel drivetrain can be expected to feature on the range-toppers. Elsewhere in the range, both front- and all-wheel-drive layouts should feature for both petrol and diesel models.

Stretched variations of the upcoming MFA2 platform will also form the basis of the next B-Class, CLA and a new SUV model, the GLB, as part of the German marque’s plan for a range-wide revamp. The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class can be expected to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, for customer deliveries in 2018.

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