Since 2012, Mercedes has sold over two million compact cars. Right now, body styles include the A, B, CLA, and GLA. Even though the CLA Shooting Brake will be discontinued, they have plans to introduce the GLB and this. Eventually, as many as 10 cars will be based on the front-wheel-drive platform.
Last year's Concept A measures 4570mm long, 1870mm wide and 1462mm tall, proportions which we expect will be kept for the production car. That would make it about 70mm shorter and 30mm taller than the CLA four-door coupe.
“With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of sensual purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era," said Gorden Wagener, chief design office for Daimler AG.
At the front, the A-Class sedan looks just like the hatchback. The designers opted for a coupe-like roof ending with a small trunk opening. However, this car won't have the beautiful frameless doors. Better buy the Peugeot 508 if you're into that.
Under the hood, we'll find a variety of four-cylinder turbo engines. We think this prototype is fitted with a diesel, most likely the 1.5-liter borrowed from Renault. Just like the Audi A3 sedan, you're not going to have independent rear suspension on base models.
As far as we know, the range will top out with a softcore AMG model producing 300 horsepower or more.