Mercedes A-Class And B-Class Preview Important Facelift

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The AMG A35 and A45 lineup get visual updates, too.

Mercedes-Benz discontinued the A-Class sedan for the US market earlier this year, but the entry-level model is still going strong in Europe.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class just made its debut, boasting some significant styling changes and tech upgrades, and Mercedes also showed off a facelifted B-Class (a Sports Tourer based on the same platform). Neither vehicle will make it stateside, but the updates shown here will almost certainly trickle over to the GLA-Class SUV, GLB-Class, and CLA-Class.

Let's start with what's not coming to the US... the powertrains. The A250e and B250e get a 1.3-liter engine mated to a plug-in hybrid system. The total output is 215 horsepower with an all-electric range of up to 50 miles (on the WLTP cycle). There is also a range of small mild-hybrid gas and diesel engines that will not be sold here.

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The AMG A35 and A45 S models receive visual updates, including revised headlights and taillights, an AMG emblem instead of the Mercedes star, a new front bumper, power bulges, and an AMG Street Style Edition with Mountain Grey Magno matte paint, fluorescent orange accents, and an aero package. Inside, the Street Style Edition gets more orange materials to match the exterior.

Mercedes doesn't always offer the same design packages in the US, but we imagine many of these changes will be applied to the CLA 35 and CLA 45. No power increases are mentioned, meaning these cars still produce 302 hp and 416 hp.

We hope AMG decides to offer a hotter CLA 45 S for 2023, as the current US-spec model only produces 382 hp. Mercedes has also teased a GLB 45, but that model has yet to be revealed.

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Perhaps more important than the styling changes, the A-Class and B-Class preview some notable technology upgrades inside the cabin.

The last-generation MBUX infotainment system is gone, replaced by the latest software that ditches the center console touchpad in favor of an all-touchscreen approach. The touchscreen measures 10.25 inches and is paired with a seven-inch base gauge cluster display or an optional 10.25-inch unit.

As with other recent Mercedes models, the A-Class and B-Class get a fingerprint sensor for driver identification, and the ambient lighting is on-point.

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With no more touch pad, there appears to be more storage space in the console. Mercedes also added a heated Nappa leather steering wheel for the first time on the AMG package. Other interior changes include a new seat design with a unique stitch pattern.

We've already spotted Mercedes testing camouflaged prototypes of the GLA and GLB, likely hiding the same updates found on the 2023 A-Class and B-Class. Based on the limited amounts of camo seen in our latest spotting, expect a reveal before the end of this year.

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