After unveiling the A-Class L Sedan in Beijing earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has revealed its standard wheelbase sibling ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show (4 to 14 October 2018).
Looking at the photos, you might not be able to see the difference between the standard and the aforementioned long wheelbase variant, however, the wheelbase here is shorter by 60 mm. Or in other words, same as the new hatchback.
While the length is shorter at 4,549 mm, the width is the same at 1,796 mm, naturally. Height measures 1,446 mm — 14 mm lower than the Chinese variant. The boot capacity of 420 litres is the same.
With a drag co-efficient of 0.22 Cd, the A-Class Sedan equals the original record of the CLA Coupe, and Mercedes claims it to be the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles worldwide.
Buyers can opt for Multibeam LED headlamps where each headlamp unit features 18 individually actuated LEDs. Halogen headlamps with integrated LED DRLs are standard. The line-up of wheels ranges from 16- to 19-inches.
Interiors feature the new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) which first premiered in the hatchback. The “fully free-standing cockpit” is available in three versions — two 7-inch displays, one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch, or two 10.25-inch displays.
As with the hatchback, the A-Class sedan is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. Other features include Active Distance Assist Distronic – part of the Driving Assistance Package, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Safe Plus.
As for the suspension, the front axle features McPherson struts. The more powerful versions and models with 4Matic get adaptive damping, or larger wheels are fitted with a complex four-link rear axle. The other models have a weight-optimized torsion-beam rear axle.
There’ll be two variants at launch — A 200 (163 hp, 250 Nm) and A 180d (116 hp, 260 Nm). Both are paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The company said that the A-Class Sedan will be available as Edition 1 in the year of the market launch. This special model features a host of copper-colored highlights both at the exterior and interior.
Production of the A-Class Sedan will start in Aguascalientes this year at the COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) joint-venture production plant in Central Mexico. COMPAS is a cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Daimler and Nissan each hold 50% of the shares in COMPAS.
Production at Rastatt Plant in Germany will start in 2019.