Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce its most affordable sedan yet, a four-door version of the 2019 A-Class that will sit beneath the style-focused CLA.
Confirmed as the brand's 31st body style in a broad Australian range, the new A-Class sedan will reach local showrooms in the second quarter of 2019, with an expected price close to $40,000 plus on-road costs.
Though it looks like a successor to the existing four-door CLA-Class, that model will be updated in the near future with a new direction intended to push the boundaries of design further than the existing model.
While the CLA is a coupe (at least if you ask Mercedes) focused on style, the A-Class takes a more practical approach to motoring - focusing on cabin space and headroom as opposed to sweeping curves and steeply-raked windscreens.
Even so, Mercedes claims the new sedan has the lowest aerodynamic drag of any production vehicle, helped by active grille shutters and underbody details intended to help the car slip through the air.
Mercedes-Benz says customers can choose from a pair of engines - a 120kW/250Nm petrol motor and a diesel version with 85kW/260Nm - both driving the front wheels through seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
High-end models with powerful engines or all-wheel-drive feature four-link independent rear suspension, while more affordable variants make do with a cheaper torsion beam arrangement.
Like the new A-Class hatch, Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system with smartphone-esque natural voice recognition is included as standard, with a choice of dashboard layouts including twin 7-inch screens, twin 10.25-inch screens and a mixed system with one display of each size, all arranged horizontally in a “widescreen cockpit” layout similar to the range-topping S-Class.
Customers can choose between a range of trim lines aimed at value, luxury or a dash of AMG sportiness bringing a choice of wheels ranging from 16 to 19-inches in diameter.
Safety is accounted for by an improved suite of driver aids including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and lane changing assistance.