The all new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been in news for quite some time now, and is being frequently spotted on the roads, as the model is testing extensively prior to its official market launch. The entry-level sedan model from the house of Mercedes-Benz is getting a thorough overhaul, and its test prototype was yet again caught testing recently.
The all new Mercedes-Benz A-Class’ test prototype model that was recently spotted was still draped in heavy veils. This test mule did not seem to be any different from the previously spied test models in terms of exterior changes. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that most of the exterior styling elements will be same as that of the new generation A-Class hatchback model which has already had its world premiere. It seems that the German luxury auto giant is still working hard to ensure that the A-Class sedan is perfect before it finally gets officially unveiled later this year.
Going by the details of all the previous spy shots and by looking at the general silhouette of the car, it is evident that the next generation A-Class will look like a smaller version of the CLS coupe, while the exterior styling cues will be shared with the A-Class hatchback. In terms of exterior design language, the all new A-Class sedan will flaunt a black mesh front grille which is horizontally divided by a single slat and the three-pointed star insignia of the company. The bumper of the car is well camouflaged, but it is clear that it will be housing a wide central air dam and large air intakes on both sides. The sedan’s test prototype has been also endowed with stylish multi-spoke alloy wheels that might make it to the production version. At the rear, the new-gen A-Class seems to have got a sleeker set of LED tail lights, and also look like it will offer a larger boot opening than that of the CLA’s.
On the inside, the A-Class sedan’s cabin will also be identical to the A-Class hatchback’s cabin. There will be a nicely designed and well-equipped dashboard along with rotor-like air-conditioner vents, a new steering wheel and the new Mercedes-Benz user interface 'MBUX' for the infotainment system. The MBUX user interface will offer a new voice command and navigation system apart from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and wireless charging slots.
While the under the hood details are still unknown, the A-Class sedan will most probably share the engine options with the A-Class hatchback version. Moreover, the sedan will also get endowed with the new 1.3L turbocharged petrol mill which has be so-developed by Renault and Mercedes-Benz that is offered which in three states of tune - 157bhp, 138bhp and 113bhp. All the versions of this engine will be paired to a 9 speed DCT gearbox, while a 6 speed manual gearbox might also be there.
As the US market will not get the new-gen A-Class hatchback version, the A-Class sedan will be the entry-level model of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but in other markets, including India, the A-Class hatchback will be the entry-level model, while the sedan will sit above it.