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Mercedes reveals European specs for new A-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz has revealed further details about its new A-Class Saloon, and confirmed that it will be sold in the UK.

The A-Class ‘Sedan’ – or Saloon as it will likely be sold in the UK – was first unveiled at April’s Beijing Motor Show, although at that time it was thought the model would be China only, such is the demand for saloons in Chinese markets. European specification cars will have a 60mm shorter wheelbase than the ‘L’ versions destined for China.

The Saloon is very similar to the popular A-Class hatchback, which means it has the same impressive MBUX infotainment system and engines.

Interestingly it has the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient of any production car – a stat previously held by the Mercedes CLA.

The most noticeable difference over the hatch is the obvious saloon body. It has smaller front and rear overhangs as well as larger wheels. The front retains the car’s slim headlights, long bonnet and grille, although the rear has revised taillights and relocated reflectors.

At launch, the A-Class saloon will be offered with just two engines – a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine producing 161bhp and a 114bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both are paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system is fitted as standard, as are safety assists such as autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. A host of optional packages will also be available.

Britta Seeger, member of the board of management at Daimler AG, said: “Following the successful start of the A-Class, things at Mercedes-Benz are happening in quick succession. In response to the wish of many customers, we will now offer the A-Class for the first time also as a saloon car.”

Order books are expected to open after the A-Class Saloon makes its public unveil at the Paris Motor Show in October, with first deliveries due at the start of 2019. Prices are yet to be confirmed, although it’s likely to command a premium over the hatchback’s £22,850 starting price.

Ted Welford

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July 26, 2018

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