Following on from the unveiling of the Chinese long-wheelbase version at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, Mercedes has revealed the European version of the A-Class saloon.
Replacing the now-defunct CLA, the A-Class saloon is based on the hatchback model that debuted earlier this year and in its European guise is 60mm shorter than the Chinese market version.
Looks of the saloon and hatchback are almost identical, as they share the same front-end, grille and side profile up to the C-pillar. Beyond that point, the saloon gains a sloping roofline that ends with the boot.
It also gets LED rear lights with a Y-shaped design. But even with the longer shape, it’s only 18mm longer than the hatchback.
The saloon comes with two engine options – one petrol and one diesel – with both being co-developed with Renault. The 1.3-litre petrol produces 161bhp and is a completely new option to Mercedes, while the 1.5-litre diesel in the dCi found in Renault-Nissan Alliance models that produces 114bhp.
The petrol unit can return 54.3mpg, while the out-sourced diesel engine can return an impressive 71mpg.
Much like the hatchback, the saloon comes with the brand new MBUX infotainment system that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality on its dual-screen setup.
Mercedes will offer the saloon in four trim levels from launch – Style, Progressive, AMG Line and Edition 1 – with the latter a limited edition option.
Going on sale in the Spring of 2019, the A-Class saloon will get its first public appearance in October at the Paris Motor Show. To stay up to date with information on the new model, contact your nearest JCT600 Mercedes Centre.