In 2019, Mercedes-Benz debuted a new entry-level model, the A-Class, and moved its existing CLA-Class up one notch. In 2020, the A-Class gained a new AMG model but remained mostly unchanged. With this compact sedan still fresh, we expect the 2021 A-Class to hit showrooms unchanged.
The current A-Class boasts a simple but refined look that includes signature Mercedes grille designs, sporty bumper options, angular headlights, smooth body lines, a coupe-like roofline, a cab-rearward design, a stubby trunk, a shaped-by-the-wind backside, and bumper-integrated exhaust tips. We expect this design and the sportier AMG A35 to remain unchanged in 2021.
Inside, the 2020 A-Class brought in a sporty design that included eye-grabbing rounded air vents, an available flat-bottom steering wheel, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, a 7-inch infotainment screen, and more. With this design still fresh, we expect this design to remain the same in the 2021 A-Class.
Under its hood, we expect the 2021 A-Class to roll in with the same powertrain options. The current A-Class comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Moving into the AMG A35 adds a 302-hp 2.0-liter engine that helps sprint this small sedan to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Mercedes is no stranger to advanced safety equipment, and even this gateway sedan boasts standard automatic emergency braking. Optionally, buyers can add the driver-assistance package to get adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. While there are plenty of nannies to keep you safe, the IIHS and NHTSA have not tossed the A-Class against any walls yet, so there are no safety ratings. At the very least, we expect the 2021 A-Class to continue with the same available safety features.