Mercedes-Benz has teased the new A-Class sedan. The new A-Class sedan shares its design language with the new generation A-Class hatchback which was unveiled in February this year. The car is being called the slashed down version of the new CLS by many, but it does have its own distinctive appeal. However, the big news is that Mercedes-Benz is claiming the new A-Class sedan to be the most aerodynamic production car model. The current world record of the most aerodynamic car is held by the A-Class sedan with a coefficient drag figure of 0.22 and a minimal drag of less than 0.49 m2. With a coefficient drag value of 0.25, the new generation A-Class hatchback has surpassed its already superb predecessor.
To be the most aerodynamic car obviously has a number of advantages. Great aerodynamic capabilities mean the car can offer great handling and agility and thus, has high draw points for the car enthusiasts. Another key attraction for the potential customers is low fuel consumption during everyday driving conditions. The A-Class Sedan has been optimized in terms of aerodynamic efficiency from every possible detail by a multiplicity of computation loops, computer aided engineering simulations as well as measurements in the wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. Every bit of small changes have led to the creation of the new record. These changes include a reduction of the front section despite the considerably enhanced interior space to offer improved comfort; extensive sealing measures i.e. sealing of the headlamp surroundings and extensive paneling of the vehicle underbody including engine bay, main floor area and partial rear axle as well as the diffuser.
The wheel spoilers at both the front and rear were also optimized in order to direct the air flow around the wheels most efficiently. The wheel rims and tyres have also gone through aerodynamic fine tuning. An optional two-part shutter system will also be offered behind the radiator grille in certain markets. This feature helps in minimizing the airflow through the engine bay.
When it comes to looks, the ne A-Class sedan flaunts the same diamond studded front grille, sharply styled LED headlights along with eyebrow shaped LED DRLs. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will get new sleeker wing mirrors with integrated LED turn blinkers, prominent waistline, a sloping roofline, blackened B-pillar and stylish twin 5-spoke alloy wheels in 16-19 inch options. It has a wheelbase measuring 2729 mm short front and rear overhangs to offer the appeal of a well proportionate compact saloon.
The new A-Class sedan's cabin is also very similar to its hatchback twin. It offers a nice dashboard, a neat centre console in piano black finish, fully-digital larger instrument cluster along with fully-digital infotainment system, signature rotor chrome finished A.C vents and a new multi-functional steering wheel.
The new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system with artificial intelligence is also present in both the sedan and hatch version of the new A-Class, which offers WeChatMyCar app, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and other features.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will be introduced by the end of 2018. In the Indian car market, it can be expected to arrive sometime in 2019.