At the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, we received a Facebook live video demonstration of the latest feature for the next generation A-Class sedan: the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience Infotainment System. Now the Stuttgart-based Silver Arrow has unveiled the rest of the car for the US market in the heart of Brooklyn, in the Big Apple, this evening.
For the first time there is the world's first A-class sedan, which brings the model into the market fourth generation. When launched, it will be available as A 220 and A 220 4MATIC, so far, only the choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is possible.
The A-Class sedan complements the new A-Class five-door in Europe, while joining the CLA class here in America as another variant of the A-Class lineup. The A-Class sedan broke cover originally at the 201
In the USA, Mercedes – Benz has created the compact four – door coupé version of the A – Class, which we have received in America as the CLA class.
The new A – Class sedan is the second variant of the The A – Class series was sold in the US and followed the CLA class, which was introduced in 2013 in the US. The CLA-Class was the first compact model that Mercedes-Benz sold on the US market
It's a bit shorter, but at a length of 179.1 inches, 70.7 inches wide, and 59.6 inches tall otherwise similar in size to the soon-to-be-launched CLA class. The wheelbase is also a bit shorter than the CLA at 107.4 inches.
Although with a higher roofline and a more upright profile, against the smooth back and the lowered roofline of the CLA – which mimics the larger CLS class – the new A-Class sedan offers more practicality and interior space. Another highlight for the interior is the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Infotainment System User Experience, which was previously available only for more expensive models such as the S-Class and the upper levels of the C-Class and E-Class.
This means A class sedan shoppers can enjoy the lively and beautiful dual widescreen infotainment and gauge display previously seen on other models. To better accommodate the smaller interior of the A-Class, the standard model gets two 7-inch displays, while higher-end models get two 10.25-inch displays. But not only can one deal with glittering eye candy and technology, as the inclusion of MBUX allows other technologies from the flagship S-Class sedan. These include the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC or Mercedes' clever radar cruise control, which uses GPS and navigation data to give the A-Class saloon the ability to adjust its speed as it approaches corners or intersections.
There is also Active Brake Assist or automatic forward braking and collision warning, lane departure warning and PRE-SAFE predictive collision protection. The latter can detect an imminent collision and essentially "prepare" the vehicle and its occupants for the accident by taking specific measures to reduce the severity of the impact.
The power comes from a gasoline 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with 188 hp and 221 pound-foot torque, paired exclusively with a 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic.
Exposing the new A-Class sedan to the front is a MacPherson completely independent setup, while the rear axle is of a weight and a cost-saving semi-independent torsion beam arrangement.
However, opt for 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and the rear suspension changes to a completely independent four-way multiple which certainly promises better ride quality and handling over the cheaper front-wheel drive torsional beam design
The pricing has not been announced yet, but we can expect that such information will appear when it is introduced to local dealers later this year. Stay tuned for our first driving impressions.