Even The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Will Have A Fully-Digital Gauge Cluster

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class won’t be the only new three-pointed star model to utilize a fully-digital gauge cluster. It will be joined by the all-new A-Class.

An eagle-eyed spy photographer came across an A-Class prototype in traffic and was able to capture clear footage of its gauge cluster that shows a digital speedometer going up to 260 km/h.

As with a separate prototype spied last month, the screen directly in front of the steering wheel appears significantly smaller than the 12.3-inch unit found in other Mercedes models. In fact, it could be about half the size and appears to be joined by a second screen where infotainment and navigation functions will be housed.

Beyond the revised interior, the new A-Class will adopt a different exterior closely inspired by the Concept A Sedan. As such, changes will include new headlights, taillights, and tweaked bumpers.

Non-AMG versions are expected to be available with a host of three-cylinder and four-cylinder units. Performance-hungry customers will be left to choose between a 340 hp A40 AMG and the new A45 AMG with in excess of 400 hp.

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  • Hi I am Zako

    I am not a camera guy, so I was like …wow that zoom lens quality.

  • lagunas3ca

    Considering Audi’s virtual cockpit first debuted on the third-generation TT a few years ago, every Mercedes model should have a fully-digital instrument cluster, or at least as an option.

  • samurai

    With even the VW Polo getting an optional digital cluster, I guess every new german car in the future will get it

  • TheHake

    Yup, the new Polo has it as well (obviously as an option…)

  • FoxJ30

    Am I the only one who hates digital clusters, and prefers well designed, well-lit dials? A well designed electro-luminescent cluster like Lexus, or VW (among others) is much more appealing to me. LCDs are difficult to see in bright light, and when the LCD inevitably fades 15-20 years from now, it will be difficult to find a new one.

    Two dials for speed and tach, and an auxiliary screen if someone needs it for trip computer/directions.

    Then again, I find mechanical wrist watches appealing, so maybe I’m just an outlier.

    • Enter Ranting

      I’m with you. Digital gauge clusters are the latest gimmick. Screens are everywhere – phones, refrigerators, vending machines. There’s nothing interesting or high-tech about them anymore. There’s absolutely zero craftsmanship involved in using a screen instead of well designed and built physical gauge.

  • Enter Ranting

    Digital gauge clusters look flat and cheap. I want beautifully-crafted gauges in a luxury car, not video game graphics.

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