Daimler AG today unveiled the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, which will be launched by the end of 2018, adding to the company’s family of compact cars. The four-door sedan has proportions of a dynamic, as well as compact car with short overhangs at the front and rear. The sedan model is also said to have the familiar A-Class virtues, with the highlight being the drag coefficient value of 0.22, the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles. Other features include modern, efficient engines, high level of safety and the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will be built in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Rastatt, Germany, and was developed in Sindelfingen, Germany, the company said. The new model will see its global debut at the Paris Motor Show, which is scheduled to take place from 4-14 October, 2018. Mercedes-Benz already presented the A-Class L Sedan at the 2018 Auto China in Beijing, in April. This sedan model was developed exclusively as a long-wheelbase version for the Chinese market and is also produced there exclusively, noted Mercedes-Benz. While production of the new A-Class Sedan will begin in Mexico this year, the plant in Germany will start manufacturing the cars in 2019.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will be offered with one diesel and one petrol engine option. The A 200 is powered by a petrol engine developing 163 hp of power with peak torque of 250 Nm. The A 180 d on the other hand is the diesel variant that features an engine putting out maximum power of 116 hp, and 260 Nm of torque. Both engines will be mated to seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmissions.
The A-Class Sedan is 4,549 mm in length, with a wheelbase of 2,729 mm, and boot capacity of 420 litres. The company said that car takes advantage of the favourable conditions provided by its long rear end to undercut the A-Class hatchback that has a drag coefficient value of 0.25. The A-Class Sedan’s frontal area of 2.19 sq m enables to achieve the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles worldwide.
In terms of exterior design, the A-Class Sedan features a front end design that looks very progressive. This has been achieved through the low, elongated bonnet, slim headlamps with chrome element, torch-like daytime driving lights and single-louver diamond radiator grill. At the rear, the two-part tail lamps emphasise width. The interior of the new A-Class includes a wing-shaped main body of the dashboard that extends from one front door to the other, with no visual discontinuity. The air vents carry the look of sporty turbines and add to the visual highlight.
The new sedan comes with an extensive list of equipment, the company said. Standard features include the MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen, and latest-generation driving assistance systems including Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Mercedes-Benz said that new A-Class Sedan features Intelligent Drive functions from the S-Class, including latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support. The A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations, foe which it has been equipped with improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead. The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions.
The A-Class Sedan is offered with a choice of suspension systems, depending on engine variant and driver preference, with the line-up of wheels ranging from 16 to 19 inches. The front axle features a McPherson design, with the more powerful versions being equipped with 4MATIC, adaptive damping or larger wheels being fitted with a four-link rear axle.
Britta Seeger, Member - Board of Management, Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales, said, “In response to the wish of many customers, we now offer the A-Class for the first time also as a sedan car.” Anyone looking for a compact, sporty sedan with a separate boot now has a new attractive alternative, she added. Seeger also said that the A-Class Sedan will enable the company to win new customers.