2022 Mercedes A-Class could feature deeper electrification [Update]

Update: ‘2022 Mercedes A-Class design’ section updated.

First spy media of the 2022 Mercedes A-Class appeared last year confirming that Daimler was preparing updates for its city car. Spy pictures from Instagram user eduard_kc, shot in Sindelfingen, Germany, reveal new details.

2022 Mercedes A-Class powertrains

The sole electrification option in the present-day A-Class is the plug-in hybrid variant A 250 e. In the incoming 2022 Mercedes A-Class, Daimler could offer mild-hybrid variants. The A 250 and A 35 AMG variants could get the M 254 2.0-litre petrol engine with an integrated starter generator (ISG) and a 48-volt vehicle electrical system. 

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In the new Mercedes C-Class, the M 254 2.0-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology produces 190 kW or 258 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque. The ISG provides an electric boost with 15 kW or 20 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque. It assists the combustion engine at low engine speeds, making up for the turbo-lag. The car can “glide” with the engine switched off. A 9-speed automatic transmission sends drive to the wheels.

Daimler has developed a 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology as well. In this case, the engine produces 125 kW (170 PS) and 250 Nm, and the motor-generator 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm. We don’t know if the company plans to offer the new A-Class with this electrified engine. Similarly, we’ll have to wait for a few weeks to learn about the revisions, if any, on the A 250 e variant’s plug-in hybrid system.

2022 Mercedes A-Class (facelift) rear three quarter spy shot
The 2022 Mercedes A-Class is likely to debut by March, carrying new lights, bumpers and wheels. Image Source: Instagram/eduard_kc

The A 250 e combines the M 282 1.3-litre engine with an electric motor. The engine achieves 118 kW (160 PS) and 250 Nm, and the e-motor delivers 75 kW and 300 Nm. The resulting combined power and combined torque outputs are 160 kW (218 PS) and 450 Nm, respectively. The transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. The battery pack powering the traction motor is a 15.6 kWh lithium-ion unit that gives a zero-emission range of 78 km or 48 miles on the WLTP cycle.

2022 Mercedes A-Class design

Evident in the spy photos and video, cosmetic changes on the 2022 Mercedes A-Class include new bumpers, revised grille design, tweaked headlamp and taillamp graphics, and fresh alloy wheel choices. Expect new options for the body colour, interior trim, and upholstery as well. Daimler may improve the functioning of the A-Class’ MBUX system and add features with the mid-life refresh.

The new Mercedes A-Class could go on sale before summer, with prices in Germany starting at around EUR 29,000. Its world premiere could take place in the first quarter of the year.

New Mercedes A-Class FAQs

What is the 2022 Mercedes A-Class release date?

The new Mercedes A-Class is likely to go on sale by June.

What will be the 2022 Mercedes A-Class price?

The A-Class facelift’s prices in Germany could start at around EUR 29,000.

Which are the main Mercedes A-Class rivals?

The new A-Class will again compete with the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3.

Featured Image Source: Instagram/eduard_kc