Mercedes-Benz continues its expansion into different new segments, or even creating new ones with cars such as this, the first ever Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan. While many may dismiss the A-Class Sedan as a less fluid CLA, the A-Class sits among the German luxury brand’s conventional sedan line-up, while the CLA is part of the brand’s “four-door coupe” line-up that includes the CLS.
On the outside, the A-Class looks much more than an A-Class hatchback with a trunk. The designers have done their best to make the A-Class Sedan look cohesive from tip to tail. Like the A-Class hatch, the new sedan utilizes the brand’s Sensual Purity design language which debuted in the CLS. The focus is towards the car’s shape, rather than using unnecessary character lines to give the car some flair. Up front, it has a stylish grille that we first saw from the Mercedes-Benz CLS, flanked by LED headlights with the “torch-like” LED daytime running lights. The hood is lower, giving it a sleeker, more elongated appearance.
Once settled in, you’re greeted to a revolutionary interior that’s filled with interesting shapes and surfaces. It now has a more “avant-garde” looks, or so the press release says. The ambient lighting is extremely configurable with 64 colors to choose from.
The highlight of the interior are its two free standing TFT LCD displays. It can be configured in three ways. You can either have the standard twin 7-inch display set-up, an optional 7-inch and 10.25 inch set-up, the bigger one being for the new MBUX infotainment syste, or you could go S-Class and have both screens at 10.25 inches in size.
At launch, the A-Class will come in A220, which uses a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 producing 188 hp and 300 Nm of torque. There’s also an A200 which features a 1.4 turbo inline-4 producing 160 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Lastly, the A180d uses a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 114 hp and 260 Nm of torque.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been mainly designed with the US market in mind, a country where sedans have a stronger foothold than hatchbacks. It will go on sale in the North American market within this year.