Mercedes-Benz showcased the A-Class sedan concept as the Concept A at Shanghai motor show earlier this year and the latest spy shots suggest that Mercedes-Benz has started testing the sedan. The test mule of the A-Class sedan has been spied for the first time on the roads by Auto car.co.uk. The spied images suggest that the A-Class sedan will carry the same design as the A-Class hatchback and will be close to the Concept A. Expect the company to place the car the sedan below the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The dimensions suggest higher roofline for an increased headroom and more legroom for the rear passenger when compared to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch and the CLA sedan. The car is based on the simple, traditional three-box design featuring short overhangs, especially at the rear, as well as the thin greenhouse that has been offset towards the rear. Additional sedan characteristics are the relatively vertical C‑pillar, larger side windows, and the higher beltline. The rear design of the car suggests is different than the existing compact cars in the company’s portfolio and similar to the ones showcased in China. The compact models have been a success story for Mercedes-Benz globally and have reported sales of over two million vehicles since 2012.
During the unveiling Britta Seeger, Board Member of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales had said “Our global success is based not least on our compact car family. In 2016, more than 635,000 customers opted for an A or B-Class, a GLA, CLA or CLA Shooting Brake. And we’re confident that we’ll add a great many new customers this year”.
Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is expected to get the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine tuned differently than the A-Class. Also, the manufacturer is planning to bring a 48 V plug in hybrid with a range of 31 miles that will globally compete with Volkswagen Golf GTE. The electric version might get 1.4 liter M282 petrol engine with the electric motor, which is to be housed at front. The plug in hybrid version is expected to be mated to 9-speed DCT gearbox.
Expect the German automaker to embed a similar cabin as in the A-Class getting a digital dashboard, touchscreen infotainment display and steering wheel mounted controls. Mercedes-Benz India might surprise us by showcasing this sedan at the 2018 Auto Expo scheduled in Feb 2018 followed by the launch later in 2018.