Mercedes-Benz have lifted the lid off their brand new A-Class, the first ever five-door saloon version of the popular hatchback. Unveiled before the Beijing Motor Show last month, the super-stylish hatchback will initially go on sale in China before making its UK launch in the early months of next year.
The move to a saloon will see the A-Class take on new competition as the model moves into its fourth generation. The hugely impressive sales figures, as well as the younger audience has prompted the move as the German manufacturer looks to capitalise on the ever-increasing demand.
The brand-new A-Class hatch and saloon are identical from the C-Pillars forwards, but the rear of the car is where all the hard work bears fruition. A new, much-larger boot creates the usual saloon silhouette whilst the load capacity has been increased from 50 litres to a hugely impressive and practical 420 litres.
When the A-Class saloon goes on sale in the UK it will feature a 4,609mm long wheelbase which is just 77mm shorter than the traditionally much larger Mercedes C-Class. The A-Class saloon has been the beneficiary of all the recent design upgrades seen on its hatchback sibling. The front end boasts stylish LED headlamps, whilst the rear has been redesigned to sit slightly closer to the road than its predecessors.
Stepping inside the saloons cabin you are met by the Mercedes’ cutting-edge new infotainment system – the Mercedes-Benz User Experience. The sat-nav provides leading technology with its incorporation of augmented reality, which displays navigation instructions over a real time map. There is yet to be news on the engine options for the saloon but we are expecting them to mirror its hatchback counterpart. This will see buyers have the option of two petrol and one diesel engine: a 1.5 litre diesel and a 1.33 litre turbocharged petrol and a 221bhp range topping 2.0 litre turbo.
More news and information on the brand new Mercedes A-Class will continue to seep out. Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest information, or get in touch with the friendly LSH Auto team who will be on hand to provide assistance.