Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan To Slot Between CLA And C-Class

With the introduction of the next generation A-Class, Mercedes-Benz are planning to expand the lineup with an entry-level sedan that’s believed to hit showrooms at the end of 2018.

Positioned between the successors of the current CLA and C-Class, as Autocar writes, the compact saloon will rival the likes of the BMW 1-Series Sedan and Audi A3 Sedan.

It will be built on the second generation MFA platform, shared with the replacements of the A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA, and use some of their powertrains, too.

The new compact saloon should strengthen the brand’s presence in key markets such as China and North America, and it’s said to be developed to support two different wheelbases, a standard one and a long wheelbase created specifically for the Chinese market.

Note: Mercedes-Benz CLA pictured

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  • Six_Tymes

    too many in my opinion

  • Nordschleife

    I still think this is a bad business decision Mercedes. I know you’ll probably raise the price of the next CLA to be like a CLS and the A-Class sedan will have a more upright roof but still a lot of options for this segment. Don’t become BMW for niche filling.

  • Ermal Morina

    an A class sedan definitively doesn’t have a place in Mercedes’ lineup…but hey,they know I guess

  • baofe
  • EddyCj

    I always thought that the CLA is the sedan version for the A-class…

    • Grumpy

      If the A is said to against the 1 series sedan, then we can expect it to be a proper sedan and not a coupe like the CLA. Don’t think that is a bad idea. Still think they are going overboard with the models. They should just have one, the CLA or A.
      CL[Letter] are the 4-door-coupe version of Letter?
      The CLS is more like a 6 competitor than a S class coupe

      MB is sure confusing.

      • Salih Ahzem

        It will be CLE-Class (as per the new MB nomenclature) which is the CL version of E anyway… I suppose that will happen sometime around late 2017 or early 2018.

        • Grumpy

          Makes sense.

  • pcurve

    Hopefully next CLA will be a substantial improvement…

  • ediotsavant

    So this car will be slightly bigger than the CLA but slightly smaller than the C Class?

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    The law of diminishing returns.

  • Axel Cortez

    isnt the cla the a class sedan

    • Nordschleife

      Well in Mercedes speak it’s a 4-door Coupè. In real world speak yes you’re right.

  • Chung

    Too many variants modern cars have…. it needs to be stop. I want 3, 5, 7, C, E, S, A4, A6, A8. and some small coupes or roadsters. That’s all

    • Nordschleife

      No trucks or crossovers?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    NO! Are you high, Mercedes. There is too little variation between the A-series as it is!
    ….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5abrr1LIHwk

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    So a CLA with a taller roof. Got it.

    But then if this triggers BMW to counter with a RWD 2-series Gran Coupe, I wouldn’t mind that.

  • Elmediterraneo

    If Mercedes make this A-class sedan, that would kill the CLA for 3 major reasons :

    1 : Costs savings and chinese LWB model
    Current starting prices in Germany
    – Audi A3 sedan : 25 K€
    – Mercedes CLA : 29 K€
    So the A3 is 4000€ cheaper than the CLA, which is important in this entry level segment.
    Thanks to a more conventional roof-line, the A3 has more space at the rear seats and because it’s a classic sedan it can also be sold in China with in a LWB version. And maybe Mercedes thinks that a 4 door Coupe with his very specific roof-line and doors design, doesn’t make sense in that entry-level segment.
    And if you look at the current hatchback A-class rear doors, they’re also designed to fit on a sedan model. So the next generation hatch and sedan could share the same doors reducing costs and final price.

    2 : Not cannibalize the C class
    That would be an opportunity for Mercedes to make the A-class sedan shorter than a CLA and not cannibalizing the C-class.
    A-class : 4 meters 22
    CLA : 4 meters 63
    C-class : 4 meters 68.

    3 : Let the SLA be the only A class based coupe
    The Audi TT was killing the Mercedes SLK/SLC and BMW Z4 sales because of it’s cheaper FWD VW Golf platform, rahter than a RWD basis of a C-class or 3 series.
    With the 4 door coupe CLA wiped-out, that will let the space for an A-class based 2 doors coupe/roadster which could be the perfect competitor against the Audi TT and look like a baby AMG GT.

  • smartacus

    A300 vs A3???
    sigh…if you can’t beat AUDI, join em?

    • smartacus

      wait what???
      slot in between CLA and C-Class?
      So somewhere in that big chasm of a gap between 4.64 and 4.68 meters long?

  • Mike Gonzalez

    they plan to make an A-Class sedan but won’t even consider making an A-Class 3 doors, child…

  • BlackPegasus

    Ugh…why? ?

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