Mercedes-Benz is developing the next-generation MFA platform, which will lay a foundation for the next generation A-Class.
The next-generation A-Class will be sharing its improvements with its platform siblings and might include a plug-in hybrid configuration. A similar setup will be seen on CLA, B-Class, and GLA, as well.
Mercedes did not say that all the engine options built on MFA2 will be a plug-in hybrid, but the new platform will support this type drivetrain. However, every model built on the MFA 2 solution is expected to receive a plug-in hybrid version.
The hybrid models built on the MFA 2 platform will mostly come with turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engines. Most likely, a dual-clutch automated gearbox will appear as a standard offering in this range.
The entire range is expected to recieve significant aerodynamic updates, which will bring an overall benefit in fuel efficiency. The first car to built on the new MFA2 platform will be the third-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Also, the technological updates on the platform will feature a wheelbase extension compared to the current generation. This should result in more interior and cargo space inside the vehicle.
The fourth-gen A-Class will be a recipient of the new platform, and the models based on the new platform is expected to roll out by mid-2018.