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Mercedes-Benz previews new A-class sedan

Concept A Sedan is a more traditional saloon that the trendier-looking CLA that will also influence the look of the next-generation A-class hatchback.

Could this concept point to a new entry-level Merc saloon?

Very likely mate. The Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan is a concept car that is making it world debut at the ongoing Shanghai motor show and is said to preview a production-ready model due late next year.

The four-door saloon is set to become the sixth member of Mercedes’ range of compact cars after the A-class hatchback, B-class MPV, GLA SUV, CLA coupe-cum-saloon and CLA Shooting Brake estate.

Rivals Audi and BMW currently have the four-door A3 and 1-series, although the Bimmer is made just for the Chinese market. Like the Audi, the Merc would be a global model.

Won’t it overlap with the CLA?

Mercedes believes the A-class saloon will attract a slightly different set of buyers who’d probably want something smaller and more price-affordable than the C-class.

What makes the saloon different from the CLA are the more upright C-pillars and window frames.

The CLA, on the other hand, is a trendier four-door alternative for people liking something less conventional. It is very similar to what the bigger CLS is to the E-class saloon.

I like the face of the showcar…

Apart from previewing a new saloon, the Concept A Sedan is set to usher the new design for the next-generation of those aforementioned concept cars. Note the new head and tail lights, as well.

The first one that could be adopting that Panamerica front grille is the A-class hatchback when it is renewed in second-gen form next year.

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