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Mercedes A-Class facelift debuts this week

Snapshot: Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to stage the world premiere of the A-Class facelift at Goodwood FoS.

Oddly enough, they refer to the model as being the “new generation A-Class” although this will only be a mild mid-cycle refresh for the company’s smallest model. The vehicle is going to come with an array of minor exterior cosmetic tweaks such as slightly revised front and rear bumpers, different graphics for the headlights and taillights, along with fresh body paints and new alloy wheel designs.

There are also going to be some changes inside the cabin where the infotainment system will be updated to the latest version, while the safety and assistance systems will also be revised. Chances are Mercedes-Benz will also offer new trim and upholstery choices along with an expanded catalog of optional equipment, but nothing of great significance.

More important are going to be the modifications brought to the flagship A45 AMG which Mercedes says will tackle the hill climb at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Based on a leak from last week, the hot hatchback will be offered in a standard version with 381 bhp and a beefier A45 AMG S with as much as 400 bhp, thus making it a lot more powerful than the outgoing version which has 360 bhp.

We won’t be too surprised if Mercedes will add a warm AMG Sport version to bridge the gap between the lesser models and the range-topping A45 AMG taking into consideration there is a massive power difference between the A250 Sport which has 211 bhp and the A45 AMG which as previously mentioned will have 381 bhp in the standard version.

Since a debut is scheduled for later this week at the Goodwood FoS, expect order books to open in the near future while deliveries should commence sometime this fall.

At the same event, Mercedes-Benz will also bring other models such as the C63 S, AMG GT along with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04 V8 Formula One car. Goodwood FoS will kick off on Thursday and will come to an end on Sunday.

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