Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan To Be Made In Mexico This Year, Germany In 2019

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan To Be Made In Mexico This Year, Germany In 2019

The first ever Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will go into production in Aguascalientes, Mexico later this year, followed by Germany in 2019. Separately, a longer wheelbase (60 mm longer) A-Class L Sedan will also go into production later this year in Beijing, exclusively only for China.

The Mexican plant making the A-Class Sedan, the COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) plant is a joint-venture between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Apart from Mercedes-Benz models, it also makes the all-new Infiniti QX50.

However unlike the GLA-Class, there will be no Infiniti-badged versions of the A-Class Sedan as Nissan has reportedly suspended any future development work with Daimler.

The Mexican-made A-Class Sedans will be exported across the greater Americas continent. In North America, it will be sold alongside the CLA-Class.

Meanwhile the German plant in Rastatt will supply to markets in Europe, and presumably other parts of Asia too.

Measuring 4,549 mm long, the A-Class Sedan is slightly shorter than the outgoing CLA-Class but longer than the Audi A3 Sedan. However, it boasts of a segment-leading 2,729 mm wheelbase, which for reference, is 29 mm longer than the already very spacious Honda Civic.

Opening the boot lid will reveal a 420-litre boot capacity.

Depending on markets, up to six engine options will be available – five petrol and one diesel.

The entry point is the M282 1.33-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 163 hp and 250 Nm, paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Despite the 1.33-litre capacity, it still wears the A200 badge.

A larger M260 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine powers the A220 and A250. Power outputs range from 190 hp/300 Nm to 224 hp/350 Nm, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard for the A220 and optional for the A250.

With an aerodynamic drag co-efficient value of 0.22, the A-Class Sedan holds the record for being the most aerodynamically efficient production car. In comparison, the hatchback which typically results in more drag due its vertical rear section, has a co-efficient value of 0.25.

Like the all-new W177 generation A-Class, the A-Class Sedan boasts of having the latest natural language operated, Artificial Intelligence-enabled MBUX infotainment system. In terms of safety systems, the A-Class Sedan will mirror the advanced driving aids adopted by its hatchback counterpart, including semi-autonomous driving features used in the S-Class.

Its interior also mirrors the A-Class hatchback. Depending on variant, the Sedan variant will come equipped with one of three digital display screen combinations:

  • two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm)
  • one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch (26 cm) display
  • two 10.25-inch displays

The A-Class Sedan will be making its world premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show. Introduction in Malaysia is yet to be confirmed but we understand from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia a business case is being built for that model.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan - North American Market Model

Gallery: Beijing 2018: Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan



Hans

Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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