Mercedes-Benz may probably unveil a new entry-level sedan (or saloon) that would complement its current range of compact car offerings, according to a report by Autocar. The most likely launch date of this new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan could be sometime in late 2018, the same year that the German carmaker launches its new and fourth generation A Class hatchback. These are all probable as Mercedes has yet to divulge or confirm any details over these plans.
Some may question these probable plans by Mercedes-Benz, since German premium carmaker already has the Mercedes CLA Class four-door coupe, which is technically based on the A Class. However, it seems that the planned A Class sedan would be slotted between the CLA (above) and the C Class sedan (below). This indicates that the probable A Class sedan would be bigger and more spacious than the CLA – and more expensive too. This means that this A Class sedan would have dimensions exceeding the 4,630 mm length, 1,780 mm width and 1,430 mm height of the CLA. This also indicates that the planned A Class sedan would be smaller and less roomy – albeit slightly – than the C Class sedan.
According to Autocar’s report – citing “good authority” – that Mercedes’ new entry-level sedan would be made to compete directly against the offerings of rivals Audi (A3 Sedan) and BMW (1 Series Sedan for China only). This could give us a better grasp of the possible dimensions of the planned Mercedes A Class sedan. The Audi A3 Sedan measures 4,450 mm, 1,795 mm and 1,415mm while the BMW 1 Series saloon has dimensions of 4,456 mm, 1,803mm and 1,446mm (length, width and height).
Autocar says its source has confirmed that Mercedes is planning to have the A-Class saloon ride on two different wheelbases -- a standard version (all-markets except China) and a long-wheelbase variant (China-only). This is expected since Mercedes is also offering long-wheelbase versions of its C Class and E Class sedans in China. It would be underpinned by the second generation of Mercedes’ MFA platform that will underpin future models of the A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA. As per Autocar’s report, the planned A Class Sedan would be engineered for both right-hand drive and left-hand driver markets.
The core of the planned A Class Sedan will be played by a wide range of engine types like four-cylinder petrol, diesel and hybrid drivetrains. Power from these engines will be sent to the front wheels as standard, although a 4Matic layout would be made available. Power transmission would be handled by a range of gearbox offerings like a standard six-speed manual and optional nine-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions.