New Mercedes A-Class spotted testing in Namibia!

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to be launched in 2018, but an eagle-eyed reader has already sent us these spy images from Namibia.

Reader Wessel van Wyk snapped these photographs of the new camouflaged A-Class undergoing testing in Swakopmund.

The images confirm that the new A-Class hatchback – which is expected to run on a modified version of the automaker’s MFA platform (likely called MFA2) – will stick with the general dimensions of the current model, although rumours suggest it will boast a slightly longer wheelbase in order to create more space in the cabin and luggage area.

Regardless of its exact size, we can expect the new model to adopt the Stuttgart brand’s latest design language, as previewed by the “Aesthetics A” sculpture revealed at the start of the year. The images also suggest that the side mirrors of the production model will be moved from the base of the A-pillars to the doors.

Up front, the headlamps are likely to gain a new lighting signature, while the redesigned taillights (seen in second image; the first seems to show temporary, prototype lens) are clearly far removed from those of the current model.

Thanks again to reader Wessel van Wyk!