Mercedes-Benz has announced that there will be a new vehicle added to their lineup, the A-Class. It's a compact sedan, fitting as an entry-level sedan on their vehicle spectrum. Although, a closer look shows that there isn't anything entry level about it.
There is no other way to put this, the A-Class looks terrific. With the AMG GT Sedan announced last year, the A-Class looks like a miniature version of that car. According to Auto Week, It has a very similar front fascia, as well as the same muscular body lines. With all that being said, the main point of the A-Class is that it keeps the same features that are found in some of the high-end flagship models from Mercedes. As an example, the headlights are LEDs that actuate as the steering wheel is turned. They also feature an integrated LED strip for driving lights. It comes with 64 ambient lights to choose from, the same feature that's available in the much posher, much more expensive S-Class. Perhaps the best features are the screens that make up the entire dash. One pane of glass blends seamlessly the dashboard with the infotainment system.
Mercedes said that the average buyer for the CLA is 11 years younger than buyers for other models in their lineup. They are expecting the same kind of statistics for the A-Class as well. It's great to see that they are making cars that appeal to the younger generation, without sacrificing the style, class or technology that they have in the bigger models.
The A-Class comes with a 2.0L in-line 4 cylinder engine. It comes available in either a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive 4MATIC configuration. The drivetrain pumps out 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. To put that in perspective, the CLA produced 208 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. These figures make sense, as the A-Class was rumored to replace the CLA, but Mercedes revealed earlier on this week that the two models will co-exist on the German manufacturer's lineup for 2019.
With the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-series, it would be a nice refresher to see a new kid on the block that can rival these titans that are already selling extremely well. We anticipate that the A-Class will be the newly crowned champion of the segment, especially if an AMG version gets released sometime after its release.