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Mercedes reveals A-Class sedan

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Words: Nile Bijoux
27 Jul 2018

Well, that was quick. After showing off the new sedan’s slippery aeros, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the A-Class sedan in its entirety.

Poised to launch in Europe “at the end of 2018”, the A-Class sedan, part of the fourth-generation line-up, incorporates much of what’s in the new A-Class hatch, but there’s a bit of new stuff.

Most obvious is the redone rear end, which is, well, booted. Mercedes claims the car is "at the top of its segment with regard to rear headroom,” sporting 944mm, while the 420L boot area is 50L larger than that of the hatchback. Overall measurements are 4549mm long, 1796mm wide and 1446mm tall, while the 2729mm wheelbase is the same as that of the hatch.

The design of the car is familiar, with the same face as the A-Class five-door. However the rear end is new, with the LED rear lights looking similar to another German competitor’s (begins with a B). The flowing lines are good for aerodynamics, with the car touting an almost unbelievable drag coefficient of 0.22.

Inside is the company's new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system which is standard across the range. There will be three versions of MBUX, the base using two 7.0-inch displays for the driver's instrument binnacle and infotainment system, while the mid-tier package offers a 7.0-inch display paired with a 10.25-inch unit. The flagship MBUX offering is a dual 10.25-inch setup.

The MBUX will include some snazzy high-end functionality, like a voice-activated assistant, in-built sat-nav with augmented reality features in conjunction with the vehicle's external camera systems, and various online and app-based services.

Safety is well taken care of with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane-keep assist between 60 and 200km/h, and Pre-Safe Plus which predicts an imminent rear-end collision and "firmly applies the brakes" to minimise the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by a rear impact.

Under the hood will be either a 120kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine or 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, good for 85kW and 260Nm. Both will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as standard. A stronger A250 4Matic version could follow, similar to the hatch range, and at the top end a pair of AMG A35 and A45 models.

The A-Class Sedan has been confirmed for a second-quarter 2019 launch Down Under. Price and final specifications will be likely be confirmed at the time.

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