Based on the next-gen A-Class hatchback, Mercedes is going to launch their first ever A-Class sedan. The car was previewed by a concept back in April. What you see here now are the spy shots of the production model, snapped undergoing early tests in northern Spain.
Design and proportions appear to be quite close to that of the show car. There is really no doubt as to how important compact vehicles are for Mercedes-Benz globally; hence the value placed on getting the design right for this addition to the A-Class line-up is quite high. Mercedes-Benz has sold more than two million compact vehicles around the world since 2012, illustrating just how important this segment is.
As you would expect, the A-Class sedan will feature the latest in innovative assistance systems, connectivity as well as the potential to broaden the appeal of the platform with yet another body style. The sedan appears to retain a coupe-like silhouette. It’s punctuated by short overhangs front and rear, as well as a svelte greenhouse that has been offset rearward. A relatively vertical C-pillar, large side windows and a high beltline are all tips of the hat to conventional sedan design.
The A-Class hatchback will debut in 2018, and it be followed by the A-Class sedan shortly after. Needless to say, the latter is going to be cheaper than the CLA.