In April, Mercedes-Benz had introduced a compact sedan in China based on the new A-Class but that was the market-exclusive long wheelbase version. So it was no surprise when they said they’ll be introducing a standard A-Class sedan for the global markets as well.

It is not to be confused with the CLA which is the coupe-styled small sedan and will be a direct rival to the likes of the Audi A3 to attract first time buyers to the premium segment. With its practicality-oriented dimensions for crowded city roads; modern, fuel-efficient engines; and high-level driver assistance technology, the new A-Class sedan is a frustratingly good option that is expected to sell in large numbers.

The exterior design is up-to-date with current Mercedes-Benz styling with a focus on aerodynamic efficiency to ensure better fuel economy. In fact, this new compact sedan ties with the CLA for a drag coefficient of 0.22 and now shares the record for the lowest aerodynamic drag of any production vehicle worldwide.

Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse Limousine, V177, 2018

Interiors are as plush as one would expect from a modern Merc with a lot of tech packed into it. The materials for the seats and upholstery are of a price-matching premium-quality and finish. The floating driver’s display and infotainment system is available in three different options – two 7.5″ screens, one 7.5″ and one 10.25″ screen or two 10.25″ screens like in the bigger sedan models. It features the new MBUX multimedia system that boasts of a learning AI for a more personal experience for the owners.

Mercedes-Benz plans to globally debut the new A-Class Sedan in the metal at this year’s Paris Auto Show in October and launching in certain markets soon after. At present, production of this new compact sedan will start in Aguascalientes, Mexico with production starting in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in Germany. Our expectation for the model coming to India would be around the summer of 2019.

At the time of the global launch, Merc will offer two variants with more to follow. The petrol variant (A 200) will have 161bhp and 250Nm while the diesel variant (A 180 d) will have 114bhp and 260Nm of torque and both will be paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

You can take a look at the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan in the gallery below. Share your thoughts in the comments section and don’t forget to subscribe to The Auto Loons for plenty more updates from the world of cars.

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