Mercedes-Benz A-Class is US Bound

Posted June 20, 2017

Exact details are few and far between, but the report suggests a base price under US$30,000 and it will be sold alongside the CLA-Class. That starting figure has since drifted up to $33,625 (with destination), which evidently has the brand thinking about fielding a new A-class variant that would again target the magic $30,000 mark.

According to Automotive News, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will make the journey across the Atlantic and hit North American dealers next year.

"But the CLA already is an A-class sedan", you might protest. Dealers saw the actual vehicle, which was described to them as the brand's new entry-level model slotting below the CLA four-door coupe.

Mercedes-Benz is working on its next-generation compact auto range, and included in this range will be the first-ever A-Class sedan. But the brand has been hinting at the coming vehicle.

Spy shots of what's believed to be the 2018 A-Class hatchback have been widely circulated recently, but a concept that's likely to be the blueprint for the A-Class Sedan was shown by Mercedes as recently as April in Shanghai. The redesigned A class will be built on the company's MFA2 platform, an evolution of its Modular Front Architecture. On the flip side, the AMG GT sedan could also debut with Mercedes' brawny 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8. It will slot below the CLA-Class sedan, which carries "coupe-like" styling and is now the smallest Mercedes on sale in the US.

Two body styles are planned, a five-door hatchback and a traditional four-door sedan.

"We've learned from experience", Aiosa said, recalling a hatchback version of the C-class coupe, the C230, introduced in the U.S.in 2001.

On top of the A-Class sedan, Mercedes also showed dealers at the Miami event an AMG GT four-door high-performance variant of the sedan, and confirmed they will also have that to offer to their customers in the summer of 2018.