Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new A-Class saloon ahead of the model’s launch at the end of 2018.
The four-door car, which is based on the A-Class hatchback revealed earlier this year, will take on Audi‘s A3 saloon.
From the front, the A-Class saloon looks much like its five-door brethren. The grille, which is inspired by the latest CLS, is wider and more aggressive than before. The LED daytime running lights have a sharper signature, too.
Despite this, however, Mercedes-Benz claims the new car is every bit as aerodynamic as its predecessor. The CLA set a record for its 0.22 drag coefficient, and the A-Class saloon matches it. It’s even more slippery than the hatchback, and can boast of having the least aerodynamic drag of any car on sale today.
Inside, the saloon’s dashboard is identical to the hatchback’s, with the air vents modelled on jet engines and the dual-screen infotainment/driving display. There’s a bigger boot, though, with 420 litres of luggage space on offer.
Mercedes is also promising a shedload of safety systems for its smallest saloon car. There’s a cruise control system that can slow for curves in the road, as well as other traffic, while the car can warn the driver if they drift out of lane.
There’s even a system that applies the brakes if the car is about to be rear-ended, reducing the likelihood of whiplash injuries from the car being jolted.
At launch, the newcomer will be offered with a choice of just two engines: a 161bhp petrol engine and a 114bhp diesel. Both units will come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Unsurprisingly, the diesel is the more economical of the two, returning between 65.7mpg and 70.6mpg, depending on the variant.