Mercedes showed a compact sedan on the basis of A-Class

Mercedes showed a compact sedan on the basis of A-Class

Mercedes showed a compact sedan on the basis of A-Class

The new car's styling is very much like the Concept A sedan shown in Shanghai a year ago. The brand will launch the latest-generation A-class hatchback in Europe next month.

The A-Class L wheelbase is almost 2.5 inches longer than the hatchback, maximizing rear knee-room, while the roofline does not follow the CLA's steep rearward slope.

The new Mercedes-Benz model is specifically aimed at rivalling the Audi A3 sedan. A new compact SUV is also in the works and likely to be named the GLB another yet-to-be-confirmed model is also planned.

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The A-Class L Sedan will initially be available (in China) with a 1.33-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol engine in 100kW and 120kW guises, and a 140kW 2-litre engine will follow at a later stage. It also is more of a notchback sedan than the CLA, which sports a steep-sloping "four-door coupe" roofline. Engines produce 136 and 163 HP Plus, a powerful two-liter engine, developing 190 HP All engines are combined with seven-speed robotized gearbox with two clutches. Mercedes says the main concern was rear passenger legroom (hence the longer wheelbase). It's only for China, where the traditional saloon shape is still big news.

The A-Class L Saloon measures 4609mm in length, 1796mm in width and 1460mm in height, this makes this variant just 77mm shorter than the current C-Class. "We believe it will promote our further growth as our fifth model produced locally at BBAC, and we will build it in China, for China together with our partner BAIC".

Mercedes will start sales of the vehicle in China in the second half. Deliveries are due to begin in the third quarter of this year.

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China it seems can't get enough of the compact class from Mercedes.

The A-Class sedan is set to come in as a global product, sitting right next to the CLA. In this way, it combines two key things Chinese buyers like: a sedan and a spacious rear seat. If the new A-Class sedan is vehicle of choice for India, it could take the German carmaker up to a year to introduce it in the country.

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