In Shanghai, Mercedes gave us a glimpse to the future generation of compact models, set to receive a new design and a new body variant. Meet the A-Class sedan with a four-door coupe look.
It has now been 20 years since the first A-Class polarized Germany. At the Shanghai Auto Fair 2017, the limousine version of the A-Class now celebrates its world premiere as a concept car. The Concept A Sedan “is particularly sexy, and the design is inspired by well-formed bodies of beautiful people,” explains Mercedes design chief Gordon Wagener. With the new four-door A-Class, Mercedes will be able to offer its own response to the new compact class generation of the Audi A3 limousine and the 1 Series Sedan offered so far only in China.
The A-Class sedan is not only supposed to show a new body shape, but the general direction of the entire Mercedes compact line-up in terms of styling. Speaking of the design: The character line below the side windows was christened “catwalk line”, as a reminder of the inspiration taken from beautiful (women) top models. Curvy shapes, a compact stern, deep grill and an upright hood with power domes ensure a dramatic appearance. The door handles are embedded in the side doors, the exterior mirrors are flatter than the ones used by the current A-Class or CLA.
The front, as far as we can see, reminds somewhat of the AMG GT Concept presented earlier this year in Geneva. The headlights are particularly eye-catching: the skeleton-like structure is coated with a UV varnish, illuminated with ultraviolet light and the day-lights now glow in a new look. Relevant for production? Remains to be seen, as usual when talking about concept cars, but at least 90% of the design is said to make it to the final A-Class. Mercedes gives its compact line-up great importance styling-wise, because entire family (A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA) has proven extremely successful.
The showcar has a front-wheel drive format, measures 4.56 meters in length, is 1.87 meters wide and 1.46 meters high. The enormous 20-inch wheels must obviously be considered for the Mercedes-AMG production version, but there are no more performance data, just like no actual impressions from the interior. The cockpit has been hidden from privy eyes with dark privacy glazing. This could be due to the fact that the interior concept is not yet finalized. “We are far from the launch date in 2019,” said Concept A Sedan manager Markus Nast. There is also no clear announcement on the topic of engine line-up, even if a low-emission drive is already confirmed.
At the end of the year, Mercedes will be significantly improving its compact portfolio and from 2018 is gradually updating the entire range. In addition to the new Mercedes A-Class hatchback (W177), expected in 2018, the sedan will come to the market at the end of 2018, but initially only for China and the USA. In Europe, the A-Class sedan won’t come before 2019, as Markus Nast has revealed. The Mercedes compact range will include the 5-door model, Limousine, Coupe, CLA, B-Class, GLA and GLB. The CLA Shooting Brake is not part of the program anymore.