2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Wants A Piece Of The Four-Door Audi A3

Mercedes-Benz is still keeping the new A-Class Sedan under light camo, but apart from the rear end, we have a good idea of what it will look like.

So does Kleber Silva, as his renderings of the upcoming four-door compact car look pretty much spot-on. Then again, he just did the obvious, drawing an almost identical design to the hatchback up to the C-pillar, and grafting on a new rear end.

That’s where, according to Silva, the 2019 A-Class Sedan steps away from the larger C-, E- and S-Class, as instead of the almost trapezoidal taillights, it gets more conventional, horizontal clusters that are connected by a chrome bar.

Actually, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the A-Class Sedan, as Mercedes itself revealed such a concept at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show and, compared to what we have here, it sported a Panamericana grille and different rear lights – which might, or might not, make it into production but, in our humble opinion, make for a much more aggressive design.

Unlike the five-door A-Class, the sedan will actually be offered in North America. It’s tipped to arrive at dealers by the end of the year, powered by most engines currently found on the latest hatchback. Details will be announced close to its launch date, but in Europe, the car can be had with different gasoline and diesel units, although the oil burners aren’t expected to make it to this side of the Atlantic.

It also remains to be seen whether AMG will roll out a 45 version of the A-Class Sedan, or if the Audi RS3 Sedan’s challenger will be the range-topping version of the new CLA. If they do, though, expect it to have around 400hp and all-wheel drive, plus the obligatory body kit and all the bells and whistles that go with Affalterbach’s products.

The most affordable member of the Mercedes family in the U.S. will probably be a bit more expensive than the four-door A3, which currently starts at $31,950. That is if Merc follows the same practice as in Europe, where the new A-Class hatch is about €5,000 (equal to $6,190) pricier than its rivals.

  • MultiKdizzle

    That rear-end is down-market. Looks like a Chery or Great Wall design.

    • Christian

      or the Alfa Gullia…

    • Mynameis Taylor

      the rear end looks like a Mercedes CLA.

  • AxlRock

    Almost as if the rendering was printed out on a paper and it started melting in way of the rear end of this car. If the actual thing looks anything less than the A class sedan concept, it will be unacceptable.

    • Kagan

      I can assure you it won’t look like the concept!
      If you ain’t old enough to know I can spoil all your excitment, real cars never look like concepts!

      • AxlRock

        Real cars may not look like concepts but they are based on them, taking their design cues – which is what I meant to say with my rhetorical statement.

        • Kagan

          That is just designer bla bla.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        You must be looking at to many Subarus my dear.

        • Kagan

          Obviously you too my darling.

  • Matt

    Hasn’t Mercedes already shown us what the sedan will look like?

  • Jay

    I don’t know what the yare thinking with this style of headlight. it doesn’t work… it wont even grow on me… and what’s with that rear window, its like theres no cohesive shape at all.

  • Christian Wimmer

    What’s the point of such a vehicle if it enters production?

    I can understand the difference between an A-Class Hatchback and the CLA Sedan (aka “4-Door Coupe”) and I can understand why someone will go for one or the other. But an A-Class Sedan is literally a CLA Sedan – and according to most reports the CLA is not getting axed. So if the rumors are true we will have an A-Class Sedan and a CLA Sedan… and what’s the point?

    In my opinion if you’re gonna offer an A-Class Sedan, then axe the CLA.

    • Daniel

      Its the same case like the E and CLS.
      Both share the same technics, Engines etc., while the CLS is just the more beautiful and expensive one.
      Since there are not really much infos about the CLA, they maybe consider too to give it just the higher priced engines and make the shape again more stylish then the A-Sedan.
      They earn loads of cash with those overpriced but cheap built cars, so definitely worth a try to see if the trick works in the cheaper priced classes too.

      Also: It seems that they dont want to cut the CLA-SB, what could bring you the smallest wagon for the european market (Wagons are sold pretty well there).

      In my opinion, the CLA wont cause trouble for the A-Sedan, while the C-Class could get more troubles there.
      When the CLA comes out, the C-Class will have a very old entertainmentsystem compared to the CLA.
      It also seems that the CLA will grow again some inches, what now really get close to the C-Class.
      The FWD also is a plus for some costumers, since you have more space inside for less outside dimensions and the traction is better (for engines with <200HP).

      As a friendly reminder: The first C-Class (190) had the same dimensions as the new A-Class Hatchback (!).
      The "tiny" cars just get too big, while the parking lots and garages wont grow, thats a main problem for Mercedes and most other manufacturers in such cases (2 series Gran coupé is greeting).

      • Christian Wimmer

        Good points.

        But I feel in this case there is so little differentiation between a potential A-Class Sedan and the [next] CLA. Seems very redundant and potentially a waste of financial resources; they are literally offering the same car under two different names.

        Regarding FWD, the last generation A-Class wasn‘t anything impressive in terms of interior space. FWD did little since the empty “transmission tunnel” up front was needlessly wide and took up a lot of leg space. I drive a 2007 BMW 118i E87, which is a competitor to the A-Class and it’s RWD, but it offers a roomier feel up front and the transmission tunnel is not that wide despite an actual transmission being in there. In fact the CLA and the last A-Class feel quite cramped (and have massive sight-robbing A-pillars). I really hope they fixed those downsides on the new A-Class.

    • DJ

      I agree. With the CLA. A 4 door A class seems redundant. As for the CLS, the original was unique and it was distinct from the E class sedan and coupe. However, now that everyone has multiple 4 door coupes in a variety of sizes, all mimicking the styling of the 2 door version, there is nothing unique about them.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    I really can’t with the new Mercedes design!

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Something wrong with it’s side view
    Give me Jetta, Cruze, or even Corolla over this thing any day

  • Zandit75

    No competition for the A3 Sedan, that is the best looking small sedan hands down.

  • Edums

    This looks like a Chinese copycat of a C-class. I hope MB is not getting inspiration from this rendering.

  • Paul Vaccarello

    Regarding the rendering, not even close. It was created without research, because there’s ample open source material available that can be utilized to be a bit more accurate. The attached “spy photo” shows what appears to be an A Class hatch and sedan. Note the arrow identifies the rear of the sedan.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e5075777d61027d011c1ff5bb2820cc87ef37df42e81675ba921c0371151b1d0.jpg

    • Honda NSX-R

      Oh god, that looks much worse.

      • Paul Vaccarello

        Well, it is what it is, stay tuned until MB rolls out the production model.

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  • Autoexperte

    yes, is simply the front of the new Auris on the current Corolla

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      …but the side profile? the rear? Not at all.

  • SteersUright

    Sorry, the A3 (which I don’t like) looks so much classier than this frumpy, dumpy little Benz.

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