Mercedes Reveals Smaller 2019 A-Class Sedan For The Rest Of Us

Mercedes-Benz keeps expanding its most compact model line – and this is the latest. It’s the new A-Class sedan, and it’s running full-speed ahead to the North American market.

Previously revealed in long-wheelbase form for the Chinese market and as a hatchback for Europe, the new standard-wheelbase A-Class sedan sits alongside the CLA four-door coupe and underneath the larger C-Class sedan.

It’s the Silver Star automaker’s rival to the Audi A3 that was similarly be-trunked with US customers in mind, and boasts a rather slippery shape to cheat the wind of its aerodynamic drag.

At 179.1 inches (4,549 mm) long and riding on a 107.4-inch (2,729-mm) wheelbase, the standard-wheelbase model is 2.3 inches (60 mm) shorter than the version being made in China – but it still packs everything that Daimler could throw at it.

The subcompact luxury sedan features the latest MBUX infotainment system and a full suite of driver-assistance and safety systems – including GPS-enabled cruise control, emergency braking, and lane-change assist… features you’d expect to find in Benz’s largest sedan, but now packed into its smallest.

Powertrain options are market-dependent. In the US, the sedan will come in A220 guise with a 2.0-liter turbo four producing 188 hp (140 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and available in either front- or all-wheel drive. Elsewhere it’ll be offered as the A200 with 163 hp (120 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) or the A180d with 116 hp (85 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm).

It’ll also be produced in different locations for different markets. The North American version will be built at the COMPAS plant that Daimler built together with the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

European examples will be made alongside the hatchback in Rastatt, Germany. And the long-wheelbase version for China is being built by joint venture with BAIC in Beijing. Following its world premiere today in Brooklyn, we’re told to expect the first examples to start showing up in US showrooms later this year.

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  • Kash

    The interior is a nice step-up from the current CLA’s, at least in the pics. Here’s hoping the material quality is at least on par with the C-class. Overall its very nice looking too.

  • BruceWayne

    Pricing for this is definitely going to be interesting, because this will absolutely kill the market. I feel like you are going to see this car everywhere by next year, its very beautiful and simple with a lot of elegance. Well done Mercedes, as usual they have outdone themselves yet again.

    • DM

      IMO this is the right size for a sedan. New premium sedans have just grown too big for my liking.

    • Philip George

      the A35 and A45 versions of this will be bargains to an extent. They’ll be selling them before they even hit the lot. This will be Mercedes’ new cash cow.

  • fabri99

    It looks very good, but I’m worried there no space in the range for both this and the “4 door coupè” that will be the new CLA. But I guess it works for both BMW (Grancoupè) and Audi (A5 and A7 Sportback), so why not?

    • DM

      I’m guessing the CLA will have a more sloping rear like the CLS, frameless windows and CLS inspired tail lights.

      • fabri99

        Yeah, makes sense.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    “the new standard-wheelbase A-Class sedan sits alongside the CLA four-door coupe and underneath the larger C-Class sedan”. Isn’t this supposed to be the replacement for CLA?

    • Merc1

      No, it’s the same relationship as the E is to the CLS.

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    • NoMan2015

      Both are coming. The CLA will just be slightly more “coupe” like.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I don’t like the current CLA’s design at all but this new sedan looks really good. BTW, BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept also posed in front of the same building https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e17281743b3b8d3cd4d33ee37d55b05da93458ca02699d1beeb02856bc59507f.jpg

    • parsecus

      Good eye. It’s the Festival Hall in Erl, Austria, a really astonishing building.

      • Tinky-Winky

        Yeah, it seems like a very interesting building, really hard to wrap my head around its shape just by looking at the pictures. Perhaps seeing it in person would help 🙂

    • Leconte Dave

      The next CLA will look better

  • Mike Gonzalez

    so no sport front seats?! odd. 5 door A-Class do

    • Leconte Dave

      Maybe the edition 1 will get them

    • Mynameis Taylor

      it’s not odd, there will be different versions with various kit. This isn’t a sporty version

      • Mike Gonzalez

        it has the AMG line package so it should have the bucket seats

  • Ermal Morina

    Very elegant and yet sporty.I like that a lot

  • And the model with the interior pictured is the $50K+ version.

  • Dennis James

    Looks better than the CLA, not bad at all ! Love the clean headlights (unlike BMW’s latest abominations) but not so much the oversized taillights. I hope there is a version with regular dials on the front dash an no glued tablets at all, I would gladly opt for that instead.

    I hope small premium cars will catch up, the EU cities are just too crowded.

  • DM

    Wow! Looks very modern. You see a LOT of A3 sedans in my city but I’m guessing the new A Class will soon beat that. While the A3 looks clean and elegant, this looks agressive and sporty which I like. On the other hand I must say the new BMW 1 series sedan seems quite boring compared to these two, so I’m really hoping the upcoming 2 series Gran Coupe and the next CLA really stand out and look different than their sedan counterparts.

  • Puddingpopper

    When do we get a motor in it with some balls?

    • bxniels0

      I hope there is an A250 as it has much better suspension, too.

  • Jim Ragland

    Is it me??? Or did they just skip showing us the rear seat due to the standard and not long wheelbase?

  • OdysseyTag

    Looks way better in this form than it does in hatchback.

  • klowik

    The crease on the sides are bit soft, it should be a bit deep and strong to express some more sportiness on the car.

  • sigma7777777

    Without tablets its a Mercedes-Benz 170s 1950.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Oooooh! Look at all that rear legroom!

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