At 181.5 ins. (4,610 mm) in length, 70.7 ins. The new four-door is not expected to replace the CLA, and the latter is likely to evolve into something more radical.
The A-Class being shown at Auto China 2018 in Beijing is a China-only long-wheelbase version of the new sedan, stretched about 2.4 inches between the wheels to provide a bigger backseat, which in China may be where the owner rides.
In China, the A-Class L Saloon will initially be available 1.33-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in two states of tune of 100 and 120kW (with cylinder shut-off); following later will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine "with CONICSHAPE trumpet honing and CAMTRONIC variable valve timing".
On the inside, the A-Class L Saloon gets Merc's latest infotainment system, known as MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) with its natural speech recognition, touchscreen control and the ability for two users to connect to the system at the same time, as well as navigation featuring augmented reality technology. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be standard on all A-Class L models.
In the L Sedan's case however, the system is said to be perfectly fluent in Chinese dialects such as Sichuanese and Cantonese. "We believe it will promote our further growth as our fifth model produced locally at BBAC, and we will build it in China, for China together with our partner BAIC". China is Mercedes' biggest single market and in the first quarter the brand was the top-selling luxury marque despite a surge in sales by Audi, last year's leader. This features a 6cm longer wheelbase than the new A-Class hatchback, in line with Chinese-market demands.
While the A-Class is more practical and has a greater rear seat usability, the CLA has a coupé-like exterior that lends the model a sporty look. If the new A-Class sedan is vehicle of choice for India, it could take the German carmaker up to a year to introduce it in the country.