Canada Will Get Merc’s New A-Class Hatch, U.S. Will Have To Make Do With The Sedan

Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the new A-Class and there’s already some news on the automaker’s smallest model. According to The Truth About Cars, the hatchback variant of the vehicle won’t be coming to the United States.

While the hatch will be offered in Canada and, of course, Europe, the U.S. will once again not be getting the a five-door version. Only this time, unlike in the past, they will get an A-Class – it will just be the upcoming Sedan.

“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they will only sell the sedan version of the A-Class,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Both hatchback and sedan versions will be available in Canada; we will share more information about the sedan later this year.”

American buyers are head-over-heels for SUVs and pickup trucks as the moment. Sure, hatchbacks did a lot better in terms of sales last year, but the body style just doesn’t cut it in the U.S. market to justify the costs of federalizing it.

When the new A-Class was unveiled, three powertrains were announced, one of them being a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel. So you can cross this one out, as we can’t see Merc bringing over a diesel.

The entry-level engine for Europe will be a 1.4-liter four-cylinder unit that’s good for 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox are available.

The next step up is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and it should have the same transmission options as the 1.4-liter motor. We’re not sure if the 1.4-liter engine will come to the U.S., as American’s aren’t fans of small vehicles with small engines; in fact, we bet the A-Class Sedan’s base engine will be the 2.0-liter unit paired to an auto ‘box.

An AMG 45 with close to 400 hp will be launched later on for the hatch, but What remains to be seen is whether the German company will make such a version of the A-Class Sedan, too.

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  • LWOAP

    No surprise there.

    • MarketAndChurch

      It is surprising. They don’t sell that many Mercedes in Canada, not to mention CLA’s, yet they’re going out of their way to offer this product in this tiny market that would bring them far more sales in a larger market like ours here in the US.

      • LWOAP

        B-but, it’s not an SUV. In all seriousness, though, MB will probably just give us another crossover and watch the cash roll in.

        • MarketAndChurch

          lol that is my fear.

      • Status

        Generally, Canadians buy more smaller cars per capita than the Ameircans. It’s not that Mercedes won’t ever sell the A-class in the USA, but that the take rate for the A-class was calculated to be greater in Canada than in the US.

        • Status

          *A-class hatch, *expected take rate. Can’t type anything today.

        • MarketAndChurch

          http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2013/10/mercedes-benz-cla-class-sales-figures-usa-canada/

          But they only sell 1/5th the CLA’s in Canada that they do in the US just from the fact that we’re a much bigger country. We also sell way more small cars, not on a per capita basis, but just in sheer volume. I think a targeted campaign in a select few metropolitan’s will probably see this car sell far far more in the US than in Canada.

          • Infinite1

            I agree with you. The SUV craze may be the in thing right now but enthusiasts alike love smaller cars such as hatchbacks especially when they’re hot hatches. Not every person buys a large vehicle in the U.S.

        • Moveon Libtards

          Canadians have less disposal income after taxes so it has been like this for a while. Expected.

      • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Mercedes already sells a boatload of B-Class hatchbacks in Canada (the B-Class isn’t sold in the U.S.). This will most likely replace the B-Class for the Canadian market. Mercedes uses the B-Class for their car-share program they own in Canada.

        • Moveon Libtards

          B-class is AWEFUL. Pretend Merc for posers who know nothing about cars.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I don’t understand why, hatchbacks have utility purposes. It’s just not lifted as high like crossovers.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Because they want to punish us, or maybe they don’t want it eating into GLA sales.

    • LWOAP

      SUVs and Crossovers are very popular here in the states so that may be a reason why we won’t get the hatchback.

    • Christian Wimmer

      They’re not as bad as you think. I drive a 2007 BMW 118i and despite being a RWD compact hatch it offers quite a lot of practicality and interior space – expect for passengers seating at the rear who need to have their legs amputated at knee-level. But that’s irrelevant to me since I never transport people, I just haul around all my photographic gear and it all fits perfectly nicely into the car.

    • Stephen G

      A sedan with the trunk loped off is useless and unattractive. If you want utility get a station wagon like a GLC or G-wagon.

      • dhoosee

        Feh! The G-Wagon is nothing more than an oversized, wannabe-tough-guy vehicle for consumers with Napoleon Complex (Hot-rod diesel pickup drivers also fall into this category).

  • MarketAndChurch

    That’s funny that they think a country with only 36 million people is more of a market for their hatchback than a country with 323 million. Maybe they just don’t want the car to be a part of their US portfolio but they’re leaving money on the table, considering they sell far far less CLA’s in Canada than they do the US.

  • javier

    maybe the cost of introducing a model is more expensive in the states

  • europeon

    Why are people so angry about this? It’s not even a good looking, fast, reliable or well made car, I don’t understand why it affects so many people.

    • dhoosee

      That may be true, but I think it’s more about enthusiasts here in the US once again getting screwed out of the chance to purchase a cool hot-hatch. I’m sick of being surrounded in parking lots by a sea of SUV’s, & family and friends don’t understand why I love to drive my GTI, and why I don’t want to drive a crossover to “sit up higher”. 🤮

  • TheBelltower

    Why show a beautiful picture of a sedan, with flush door handles and sleek silhouette, while everyone knows it’s doing to look as dumpy and as ordinary as the hatchback? The A Class is a good opportunity for MB to break new ground and acquire a new customer by doing something different. But they aren’t.

  • Bash

    I would still imagine a handful would import it, that A45 is really hot and desirable.

    • Carguru95

      I might look into seeing how difficult it would be to import a Canadian unit to the US. I know it’s hard, but if it’s spec’d as similarly to a US sedan (as close as possible) maybe it won’t be too hard. But who knows.

  • An Existing Person

    Not a surprise. The U.S. never gets any of the interesting or good cars.

    • Infinite1

      We have the Type R and RS now but can’t have the RS3 or the A Class hatch.

  • Kagan

    It is better that way, the hatch ain’t worth it!

  • Gullet

    I thought the production model was relatively true to the concept, but now I see they’ve lost something on the way. The aggressiveness and sporty front end is gone. I think the production model usually looks pretty good but not when comparing to the concept. Then it looks heavy and sad.

    • Infinite1

      The pictures aren’t the AMG version, just the base model.

  • Cobrajet

    The US can’t have hatchbacks like it can’t have universal healthcare.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Because Americans have more money and usually buy the premium, larger Mercs.

    And the sedan looks better.

  • Puddingpopper

    As long as its the sedan and not just the CLA

  • Enter Ranting

    Mercedes designs a cherry cough drop.

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