German automaker Mercedes Benz had lifted the veils off the long-wheelbase A-Class sedan at the Beijing Motor Show in April. Until now, the sedan was only seen in a hatchback version and a long-wheelbase version for the Chinese markets. However, quite recently the company revealed the first set of images and details for the standard sedan version of the saloon. Mercedes Benz has confirmed that the sedan will be positioned below the C-Class sedan, making it the most affordable four-door model from the company, and will compete against the Audi A3 sedan and the upcoming BMW 2-Series Gran Coupé.
According to the press release by the company, the A-Class sedan will be initially offered with just two engine options, the range of which will be increased once the production is ramped up. There is a turbocharged 1.3L four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out a maximum power of 163 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The other option is a 1.5L four-cylinder diesel motor that produces a maximum power of 116 hp and a peak torque of 260 Nm. The two engine options will come with the badges A200 and A180d, respectively. Both the engines will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while there is an option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
While a majority of the units of the A-Class sedan produced will come with front-wheel drive, the company has planned to offer a limited number of four-wheel drive variants as well. On the inside, the sedan will feature the same twin-screen dominated dashboard that we have come to expect from the Mercedes Benz cars. The infotainment system functions through MBUX system with touchscreen control and speech recognition. The input to the infotainment system is through buttons on the steering wheel, touchscreen input, touch-pad input via gestures, swivel wheel input, and voice recognition; all present to ease the driver’s control over the car while driving.