It's the smallest and least-expensive Benz without a Smart badge, and a version of it will be coming to the U.S., Mercedes has confirmed to dealers.
The new car's styling is very much like the Concept A sedan shown in Shanghai a year ago. It's understood Mercedes is planning to continue to the CLA, which is a swoopy four-door coupe based on the A-Class, while also offering a slightly more practical sedan. The screens are now touch-capable, and the system has a new AI assistant that you can access by saying, "Hey, Mercedes". It rolls on 16- to 19-inch wheels and the rear end gets two-piece triangular taillights and a dual exhaust. There also is a sport version with sportier appearance and interior. In the US, the new sedan will slide in for 2019 below its CLA sedan and GLA hatchback cousins-in-size.
This, however, is not exactly the same four-door that the rest of the world will be getting.
About one-third of A-Class owners in China were below 30 years of age when they purchased the vehicle and half of all buyers are women, unusually high levels for the brand in both cases.
As yet, it's unclear whether the A-Class Saloon will be sold alongside the CLA - a vehicle Mercedes-Benz has marketed as a four-door coupe, and which features frameless windows that the more conventional four-door doesn't get.
As previously reported, the MBUX system uses artificial intelligence to adapt to the driver's preferences. There also is touchpad control for the system on the console and the steering wheel.
In China, the A-Class L Saloon will initially be available 1.33-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in two states of tune of 100 and 120kW (with cylinder shut-off); following later will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine "with CONICSHAPE trumpet honing and CAMTRONIC variable valve timing". The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.