2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spotted testing

<b> 'GOTCHA!' </b> Alwyn Botha snapped the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in camouflaged form at a fuel station in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. <i> Image: Alwyn Botha </i>
<b> 'GOTCHA!' </b> Alwyn Botha snapped the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in camouflaged form at a fuel station in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. <i> Image: Alwyn Botha </i>

Cape Town - It's vehicle testing season in South Africa as some automakers test their future models in our hot climate. 

This week we reported on the Mercedes-Benz G-Class spotted by Tessa Gallon in Mpumalanga and it seems like there are more Mercedes testers around as another three-pointed star car was discovered. 

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Alwyn Botha sent us images 'regarding an interesting find over the weekend.' 

He said: "I've spotted about 6 test mules in Lydenburg on Saturday 25 February 2017 at the Shell fuel station at the Heads shopping centre – not too sure what make and model this is."

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Wheels24 can confirm that camouflaged cars are the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The photographs point towards a longer wheelbase which will increase legroom. 

The Golf rival will continue to be powered by its front-wheels and use an updated version of the current MFA structure. Inside, the new A-Class will steal bits from the C and E models to offer a more sophisticated interior and infotainment system. 

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Botha said this of his encounter with the test mules: "I stay quite close to this fuel station that is located at the start of the Long Tom pass (on route to Nelspruit) and I can tell you that I get to see this a lot – there is constantly disguised cars making their way up and down the pass each year.

"I could not even begin to imagine what make this is – very confusing with all the add-ons in the front, so I took a stab at trying to identify the wheels because they usually make use of standard OEM wheel, and I agree, it is only Mercedes that makes use of this type of design (keeping in mind it originates from Germany).

I assume it would look much better once they remove the plastic bin added on the nose and the fake bumpers and lights at the rear.

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