2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch facelift spied

The updated fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe.

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Externally the Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift might be quite a mild affair, but there could be bigger changes under the skin.

From what we can see in these spy photos, the updated A-Class hatch will sport a redesigned front bumper with a new grille, slightly reshaped intakes, and relocated fog lights.

These will be complemented by new headlight graphics, including a new daytime driving light pattern.

At the back the tail-lights have redesigned internals, and the bumper has been tweaked. The cars spied by our photography agency have hidden exhaust tips.

Other exterior changes will likely be limited to new wheel designs and paint options.

Rumours indicate the A-Class could ditch its Renault-sourced 1.3-litre petrol engines in favour of new motors developed by Mercedes-Benz and built by Geely in China.

Geely became Daimler’s biggest single shareholder in 2018 when it bought around 10 per cent of the German automotive giant.

The two have since inked numerous partnerships, including Smart, which is now 50 per cent owned by Geely.

In a similar vein, the Renault-made 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel could be replaced by detuned versions of Daimler’s in-house 2.0-litre oil-burner.

No images have yet emerged of the interior.

We expect it will feature the latest version of the company’s MBUX infotainment system, although it will probably stick with the current car’s landscape layout rather than adopt the portrait setup seen in the new S-Class.

MORE: Everything Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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