Let's start with the odd bit first. According to Autobild's Georg Kacher, the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class will not receive a mid-cycle refresh, just like most of every other three-pointed star vehicle in recent history.
Allegedly, Mercedes-Benz feels that a facelift is expensive enough – just look at the billion Euro E-Class family facelift – and since the shelf life of most Mercedes-Benz cars will considerably drop in the following years, the Stuttgart engineers will just settle for minor adjustments during the A-Class' W176 life, with an entirely new generation to take its place in 2018.
Now comes the even more interesting bit, as Autobild reports that the future generation of the compact Mercedes-Benz will expand the body variants lineup from one to no less than three different models, with the new MFA (Modular Front-wheel drive Architecture) to sport two different wheelbases and two rear axles just for the A-Class alone.
Kacher says that the long-expected three-door “coupe” variant of the A-Class will be launched in 2019, one year after the five-door, while the Audi A3 sedan and future BMW 1 Series sedan will finally get a direct competitor from Stuttgart as well, in the form of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan.
Whether this info will turn out to be true in its entirety remains to be seen, but we have to share our doubts about a lack of mid-cycle refresh until 2018, especially since the B-Class – which is based on the same platform – is already heading towards a facelift at the end of this year.