Car interior design is taking a serious step away from old-fashioned black or granddad’s favourite beige. Inside the new Mercedes A-Class it’s a coloured light extravaganza
Mercedes has released a set of pictures showing the interior of the new A-Class, and it’s what my wife would call jazzy.
Lovers of ambient lighting and shiny things will be all over the options list, by the looks of things. Strips of lighting run the full width of the dashboard, along the door trims and beneath the centre console
These strips can display up to 64 colours and project 10 mood programmes. We wonder if there’s one for ‘WTF.’ There are even colour-illuminated rings on the air vents, which themselves resemble concept car alloy wheels. It’s all quite intricate and designed to give a, err, more emotional feel. Interpret that how you will.
The trademark Mercedes door-mounted electric seat controls remain. The rest of the switchgear looks to be borrowed from existing models, too, and there’s plenty of leather and contrast stitching to indulge in.
The once-divisive, now-commonplace tablet-style screen is much bigger than before. The two 10.25-inch-wide screens you can see in the pics will be standard on high-end models, with twin 7.0-inch screens the base offering and a halfway house featuring a smaller and a larger one together.
We also now know that the new car’s boot has been boosted to 370 litres, which is definitely less rubbish than before and is helped massively by a redesign of the rear lights, widening the previously size zero loading aperture by 20cm. There’s better visibility thanks to slimmer pillars all round.