Mercedes-Benz A-Class is now a sedan, too
Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the fourth generation A-Class to much acclaim. At its launch in Amsterdam, the new A-Class was available as a 5-door hatchback. A long-wheelbase sedan for the Chinese market followed shorty after. Both models now get a shorter sedan brother for the global market.
It is of course not the first compact, sporty sedan coming out of Stuttgart. Indeed, this new A-Class will fit in the Mercedes range alongside the successful CLA, which was launched in 2013. The CLA was the first compact car from Mercedes-Benz that was also offered on the North American market and the A-Class is following in its footsteps.
Lowest aerodynamic drag
The A-Class sedan has a well-proportioned, dynamic design with short overhangs at the front and the rear. According to Daimler, it offers top of its segment rear headroom. The boot holds 420 litres and offers a large opening for easy loading and unloading.
The new A-Class' sporty look is reflected in its aerodynamics. With a benchmark figure of Cd=0.22 the new sedan model equals the original world record set by the CLA Coupé. Daimler claims the car has the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles today.
These aerodynamic properties are a crucial factor in keeping fuel consumption down in real-life conditions. The measures also include an extensive sealing concept and the nearly complete panelling of the underbody.
At launch, drivers can choose between the A200 and the A180d. The former has an output of 120kW/163hp (250Nm) with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, a combined fuel consumption of 5.4-5.2l/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 124-119g/km. The latter puts out 85kW/116hp (260Nm) with the same dual-clutch transmission and a combined consumption of 4.3-4.0l/100km and CO2 emissions of 113-107g/km.
Standard features include the MBUX Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system, touted by Daimler as intuitive. Nevertheless, the author has been known to spend around 5 minutes trying to change the radio station on a C-Class with a similar system earlier this year.
The MBUX system can be accessed through the touchscreen, the touch pad on the centre console and the touch buttons on the steering wheel (which are prone to accidental activation when turning the wheel vigorously). It can also be operated by speech.
The new sedan is also generously equipped with the latest driving assistance systems such as Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Daimler has also carried over a range of functions previously limited to the S-Class, allowing it to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan goes on sale later this year. Pricing has not yet been announced.
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