Mercedes previews A-Class saloon

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Mercedes has indicated its plans for a new and expanded A-Class line-up with the unveiling of its Concept A Sedan.


Concept A Sedan will compete with A3 saloon and the BMW 1 Series saloon.

Debuting this week at the Shanghai Auto Show, the saloon is slightly longer, wide and higher than the current A-Class hatch and would expand Mercedes’ compact vehicle line-up, which also includes the A and B‑Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, as well as the GLA crossover.

The carmaker says it’s sold more than two million compact vehicles globally since 2012.

Targeting the A3 saloon and the BMW 1 Series saloon, sold only in China, the Concept A Sedan is 4,570mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,462mm tall.

Design features include 20-inch alloys, panoramic glass roof and Mercedes also says it’s going for a more minimalist design.

“Our Concept A Sedan shows, that the time of creases is over,” said Gorden Wagener, chief design officer Daimler AG. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”

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