The phrase “entry-level Benz” at all times felt just a little underwhelming, and the CLA household has at all times managed to ship on that promise, however like ol’ Bob stated, “The instances, they’re a-changin’.”
Britta Seeger, world gross sales chief for Mercedes-Benz, advised Automotive Information that the US ought to anticipate a brand new A-Class sedan to hit our shores in 2018. When Mercedes debuted the Idea A-Class sedan again in April on the Shanghai Auto Present, we thought that represented an enormous leap ahead in design over the droopy-looking CLA, however we resigned ourselves to the truth that US patrons would possible by no means get an opportunity to personal one. I assume it is time to eat our collective hat.
From a design standpoint, the A-Class idea is cleaner and fewer cluttered than the CLA with noticeably fewer character strains and creases. The headlights are angular and sharp, which helps to make the brand new Mercedes “Panamericana” company grille stand out. Whereas each the present CLA-Class and forthcoming A-Class are technically sedans, the CLA acquired the identical CL-style badge because the coupe-like CLS-Class. Whether or not or not the brand new A-Class will undertake the identical frustratingly steep rear glass, and the poor rear headroom that goes with it, will stay to be seen.
It has been speculated that the A-Class will probably be constructed on the Nissan-Daimler three way partnership plant in Mexico, a enterprise which has already borne fruit within the type of the Infiniti QX30, itself primarily a rebadged and rebodied Mercedes GLA-Class crossover. Mercedes-Benz did not instantly reply to a request for extra info on the brand new A-Class.
Pricing for the A-Class has but to be confirmed, however we suspect that it’ll hover someplace across the CLA’s $30,000-ish start line.