Mercedes-Benz has previewed the Concept A sedan at the Shanghai Motor Show. The showcased model is yet in concept stage however it will be one of the eight global compact models from Mercedes’ compact car line-up that will also include a new SUV, dubbed GLB and possibly a two-door cabriolet version of the SUV.
Donning a four-door body style, the sedan will enter the arena to fight models including Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series sedan that is yet available in Chinese market. Though, the entry level premium sedan from BMW is expected to be sold in global markets by 2019. Read – 2017 Mercedes E Class LWB – Price & Details
The Concept A will indeed be a more practical alternative for its CLA-Class that is also available with four-door body style. In terms of design and styling, the sedan will have an aggressive front profile with key elements like oval shaped grille, chiselled bonnet and large headlamps. The sedan will receive a more smoothing treatment opposed to the current models in the line-up featuring sharp creases and sculpted body.
Its AMG version on the other hand is likely to be styled along the same lines with vertical slats on front grille and an assertive front bumper for an aggressive look. Along with the AMG version, set for 2019 debut, there could be a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid version that will offer a range of 50km in electric mode. Read – Mercedes AMG C43 – All You Need To Know
Dimensionally, the Concept A is identical to the production version A-Class sedan measuring 4,570mm in length, 1,870mm in width and 1,462mm in height. Compared to the arch rival A3 it is expected to be longer, wider and taller.
In mechanical terms, the sedan is likely to be offered with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Additionally, the range topping variant will get a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit with A45 4Matic trim. The FWD system will be standard across line-up and it could also get Mercedes’ multi-plate clutch 4Matic four-wheel drive system.