Remember Mercedes-Benz’s Concept A from the Shanghai show a year ago April? That’s pretty much what the production Mercedes A-Class sedan looks like, and we get it later this year as a 2019 model.
Thus the A220 and A220 4MATIC; both sedans use a 2.0-liter turbo four for power, producing 188 hp and 221 lb-ft, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Mercedes hasn’t given a zero to 60 mph time but did say the car is limited to a 130-mph top speed. The A-Class’ 179-inch overall length puts it within five inches of Audi’s A3 sedan and just a few inches shorter than the company’s CLA sedan.
The interior is a highlight if you get the optional high-res digital instrument cluster. The dash looks fantastic, extending without visual interruption from door to door. The whole thing looks upscale — as though it came straight out of an S-Class.
Other S-Class goodies trickle down too
Active distance assist distronic cruise control predictively adjusts the speed when approaching corners or roundabouts. Active emergency stop assist and active lane change assist are included as part of the Driver Assistance Package.
Prices weren’t announced yet, but the CLA starts at $33,100 so we’re guessing the A sedan will be in that range. We also suspect the car is going to spawn the next-generation GLA, the closest thing to an A-Class we’ve driven here.