While the all-new Mercedes A-Class hatchback is about to be delivered to the first set of buyers in Western Europe, a new variant of the compact model has just made its global debut in China. The variant in question is the rather important A-Class L sedan. Here’s what it looks like from all angles.
The A-Class L sedan features a six centimetres longer wheelbase (2789 instead of 2729mm) and is a variant developed solely for the Chinese market.
Like the hatch, the front end design is very aggressive. Contributing to this impression are the low, drawn-out bonnet, flat headlamps with chrome elements, and torch-like daytime driving lights.
The greenhouse, which sits far back, and the compact rear end emphasise the sportiness of the vehicle. The alloy wheels range from 16 to 19-inches depending on the variant.
The two-piece tail lights are highly detailed. The reflectors have been repositioned lower down in the bumper to allow the tail lights to benefit from a particularly flat design.
At the time of launch, the A-Class L sedan will be available in China with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine with cylinder shut off tech. Following later will be the two-litre four-cylinder engine.
When developing the A-Class L Sedan for China, a focal point was the knee room for rear passengers. As a result, at 2789mm, the wheelbase is 60mm longer than in the hatchback.
The sedan will be produced at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC Motor.
The market launch in China is scheduled for the second half of 2018. A version of the sedan tailored to the needs of buyers outside China will likewise launch in the second half of the year.