We already have a pretty good idea as to what the new Mercedes-Benz A Class will look like thanks to the inadvertent sighting of
an undisguised version
during an official photo shoot in the Canary Islands.
Now we have our first look at the interior, with Mercedes-Benz releasing these two shots in the lead up to the car’s world debut in just a few weeks at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Continuing the retro-theme we’ve seen implemented in most recent Mercedes models, including the recently revealed B Class
and 2013 SL Class
, the new A Class’ interior sports some round air-conditioner vents with an aerospace-inspired crosshair design, as well as plenty of tech features.
The latter includes a round COMAND dial and a large centrally-mounted LCD display.
The new A Class will also debut some innovative connectivity technology. Mercedes-Benz is focused on linking smartphones with the automobile and ensuring that such electronic assistants will in future be fully linked into the car's infotainment system.
First off the blocks is full Apple iPhone compatibility, which Mercedes engineers have now integrated comprehensively into the user experience of the new A Class. Thanks to a new "Digital DriveStyle App", developed in-house, together with the “Drive Kit Plus” for the iPhone, drivers will be able to access all the key content of their phone using the vehicle’s controls.
But that’s not all as Mercedes’ new A Class will be able to work with Apple’s latest Siri voice-activation system. This should allow natural speech input, without the need for specific commands, to send messages, select music tracks and check the weather forecast or stock prices, as well as to make appointments. All the iPhone integration functions can be used even with the entry-level Audio 20 system.
This is just a taste at some of the new technology and connectivity features that will be featuring in this third-generation A Class. Stay tuned for the car’s debut on March 6 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but in the meantime visit our dedicated show page
for all the latest info and photos.