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PostHeaderIcon Next Mercedes-AMG A45 Coming With Drift Mode and Over 400 Horsepower

Mercedes is working on an all-new A45 AMG model to sit at the top of its A-Class lineup, and even though it’s set to debut sometime next year, we’re already learning new details about it – exciting details regarding how it will be very different from (and just plain better than) the outgoing A45 AMG.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Finally Shows Us the 2019 AMG A35 in the Metal at the Paris Motor Show

Mercedes-Benz finally showed the AMG A35 in the metal at the Paris Motor Show. Even though the car made an online debut a couple of weeks back, this is the first time we’ve seen it in its physical form. People have been waiting on the ropes for this car to arrive after the A-Class hatchback was launched a few months ago and it was well worth the wait.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Showed Up in Paris Wearing a Stunning Blue Tuxedo

The color blue never goes out of style, so it’s fitting that in the Fashion Capital of the World, Mercedes-AMG unveiled the feisty A 35 in a resplendent blue shade that accentuates its sporting good looks. The hot hatch officially made its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show with a point to prove. While it does trace its roots to the A-Class, the AMG 35 is nothing like the model it’s based on. It looks angrier and more aggressive, and more importantly, it has a powerful 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can embarrass the socks off anyone who underestimates its performance capabilities. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 doesn’t have a price yet, but those details will be announced sometime in 2019. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to the U.S.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A35 vs Audi S3

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class in 2018, it basically dropped a giant anvil on the hatchback market. Fitted with never-before-seen technology and infused with design cues from the bigger sedans inside and out, the new A-Class trumps the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 in just about every department. With a handful of models already available, Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the AMG A35. Offered for the first time, it slots above the A250 and below the upcoming AMG A45.

The A35 is Mercedes’ answer to the long-standing Audi S3 and BMW M135i and arrives just when these two hatchbacks are getting a bit long in the tooth. But while the 1 Series is almost out of the market, to be replaced by a front-wheel-drive model, the S3 was facelifted recently and will be around for a few more years. That’s why we decided to throw the S3 into the lion’s den and find out how it compares to the new Mercedes-AMG A35.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A35

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is an intermediate, performance-oriented model of the fourth-generation A-Class hatchback. Offered for the very first time since the subcompact was introduced in 1997, it slots between the A250 trim of the standard A-Class and the range-topping AMG A45.

The AMG A35 is Mercedes’ response to intermediate performance-oriented hatchbacks from BMW and Audi. Both Germans brands have been offering models like the M140i and S3 for quite a few years now, and they’ve been very popular with customers who a bit more than what the standard models offer, but don’t want to go all out on proper M or RS cars. The AMG A35 joins the battle with more than 300 horsepower on tap, sportier looks, and all the state-of-the-art tech that Mercedes-Benz debuted on the regular A-Class.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A35.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic Unveiled

Following a round of teasers, Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed its latest fire-breathing hatchback – the 2019 A35 4Matic.

“Body shell, suspension, all-wheel drive, transmission, driving programs, fine tuning – every detail has been designed for maximum driving dynamics without compromising on everyday comfort,” Merc announces.

The main party piece can be found under the hood, where Mercedes stuffed the hot-to-trot A-Class with a turbocharged four-cylinder making as much as 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Properly applied, its enough to send the A35 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a scorching 4.7 seconds, while top speed clocks in at 155 mph. The boost snail is a twin-scroll unit for sharper response.

Routing the muscle is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which feeds an AMG-tuned, electro-mechanical 4Matic AWD system. The torque split can vary between front-wheel drive only, to a 50:50 split front-to-back.

Keeping it shiny side up are MacPherson struts up front and a four-link for the rear. There’s plenty of aluminum to keep it all light, while a set of adaptive dampers can be had for a little extra outlay. Large four-pot brakes clamp the front, with brake rotors that measure in at 13.8 inches in front and 13 inches in the rear.

The A35 looks the part of a hooligan thanks to AMG’s classic styling chops, which includes a unique grille in the nose, aero-optimized 18-inch wheels in the corners, and a large spoiler mated to a pronounced diffuser in the rear.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find the latest MBUX infotainment goodies, plus AMG’s signature upholstery treatment and a flat-bottom steering wheel. A fully digital instrument display provides the feedback.

Look for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic to strut its stuff early next month at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

PostHeaderIcon This Teaser for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Has Us Wanting More

There is something special about hot hatches. That something is the way they zip around with their little bodies as if some hell broke loose, and throwing its hat into this ‘cult’ is Mercedes with the A35. No, wait; I’m talking about the Mercedes-AMG A35. The car was spotted burning rubber at the Nurburgring recently, and from the looks of it, the car is set to take on the world. Talking business now, are we?

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes A-Class Sedan Edition 1

With the launch of the new Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is once again adding some special edition spice to the proceedings with the release of the A-Class Sedan Edition 1. The special edition version of the A-Class packs a lot of exclusive equipment in its tight body, all coming as standard to the model. It will also be compatible with all engines being offered for the A-Class as well. Mercedes only plans to sell the A-Class Sedan Edition 1 for around a year.

PostHeaderIcon 5 Ways Americans Get A Better Mercedes A-Class Than The Rest Of The World

I honestly feel that Mercedes-Benz outdid themselves with the latest A-Class Sedan. It is a car so perfectly suited for the compact sedan niche,
that I have no doubt the company is going to dominate the market. Even more so than it did when the CLA appeared some time ago.

Ok, the world did receive much the same car, but the market habits of US customers (yours, actually) did make the A-Class sedan slightly different compared to all others. And, If I am to assume, cheaper as well.

So, in short, Americans will buy a lot of A-Class sedans that are better equipped and quicker than in the rest of the world for less money.

Convinced yet?

If you are still wondering why the U.S.-spec A-Class Sedan is one of the best ever, I’ve compiled a list of five reasons for you.

PostHeaderIcon Aggressive Design Should Help The Mercedes A-Class Get Taken More Seriously

The Mercedes A-Class Sedan has arrived, and it’s packing a wallop of new features. Most of the headlines will probably gravitate towards the sedan’s MBUX infotainment system, making it the first U.S.-bound Mercedes to feature the high-resolution widescreen cockpit and touchscreen media display with augmented reality capabilities. But don’t focus all of your attention on the infotainment system. The new A-Class Sedan is more than just that. It also happens to come with a design that’s far and away better than how its predecessor looked.

PostHeaderIcon Is This What the Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan Will Look Like?

Shown in 2017, the four-door version of the A-Class hatchback morphed into a production model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Unveiled with a slightly longer wheelbase than usual, the A-Class Sedan will soon become a global vehicle and will cross the pond to the U.S. to take on the Audi A3 Sedan. Like most Mercedes-Benz models, the standard A-Class Sedan will be followed by an AMG model. Likely to be called the AMG A45 Sedan, the beefed-up four-door will compete against the Audi RS3 Sedan, currently the only performance-rated vehicle in this niche. The AMG model is still at least a year away, but we may already know what it looks like thanks to a new rendering from X-Tomi Design.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

Unveiled as a concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the sedan version of the A-Class unveiled itself to the world in production form at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. As expected, the A-Class Sedan is pretty much a shrunken CLA, boasting a coupe-style roof and a short deck lid. Shown here is the longer wheelbase version developed specifically for the Chinese market.

Set to go on sale in the second half of 2018, the A-Class L sedan is produced at produced at Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor. While the A-Class L won’t be sold outside China, a regular wheelbase model will follow in the second half of the year to take on the Audi A3 Sedan in Europe and the United States. And AMG variant is also likely, but until that happens, let’s find out what sets the A-Class Sedan apart from its hatchback sibling.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Took the C-Class, Gave it a Face Lift, and Calls it the A-Class L in China

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the Chinese-specific A-Class L has a serious resemblance to the current-gen C-Class. It’s so similar, in fact, that it looks like a facelifted version of the C-Class inside and out, albeit with some upper-trim-level standard features and a slightly (and I do mean slightly) smaller presence. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but it’s far from what you would call a compact, despite the fact that Mercedes is boasting it as the first and only long-wheelbase compact car in the Chinese market. Sorry folks, but this is just a C-Class with smaller overhangs. Let’s look at things a little closer.

PostHeaderIcon Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new A-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and set a new benchmark in the class. Sportier than ever and with features borrowed from the CLS, the new A-Class has the most luxurious interior in this segment and a range of powerful but also fuel-efficient engines. Not surprisingly, the Germans now want to take advantage of the new design and platform by creating another seven models, including a competitor for the BMW X2.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the “Mercedes me Flexperience” Subscription Program

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

After four years with the Audi A3 Sedan being the only four-door on the premium compact market, Mercedes-Benz decided its time to jump in with a three-box version of the popular A-Class. The company’s smallest sedan made its debut in concept form at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and the Germans were quick to confirm that a production version is in the making. With the fourth-generation hatchback just unveiled for 2018, the sedan is only months away from an official unveiling. And alongside the standard model, we’ll also get the potent AMG A45, and according to recent spy shots, a milder AMG variant too. The latter is rumored to be called the AMG A35 and it will take on the Audi S3 Sedan.

While the new A-Class is spectacular in just about every department and sports the most beautiful interior in the compact market, the really big news about the A-Class Sedan is that it will be a global vehicle. When the unveiling took place in Shanghai, I was almost certain that the German sedan will follow in the footsteps of the BMW 1 Series Sedan, which is only available in China as of 2018. But Merc has big plans for the A-Class and has already confirmed that the sedan will be sold in the U.S. The regular model should be followed by both AMG versions, including this one. Before we dig in, I want to stress that the A35 nameplate is by no means official. Last year, the less potent AMG was rumored to get an A40 badge, so it could be anything at this point.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A35.

Exterior

  • CLS-Inspired Front End
  • Sportier Nose
  • Aggressive Bumper
  • 19-Inch Wheels
  • Coupe-Style roof
  • A Proper Decklid
  • Optional Multibeam LED Lights

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“The aggressive design of the headlamps will make the A-Class Sedan looks like a shrunken CLS up front”

The sporty sedan is hidden under a lot of camo, but having already seen the hatchback model, the exterior design isn’t much of a mystery. The Concept A Sedan also provides a few solid hints as far as the profile and the rear section goes. As for the front fascia, it should be identical to the standard hatchback model, save for the AMG-style add-ons.

The new, aggressive design of the headlamps will make the A-Class Sedan looks like a shrunken CLS up front (expect the next CLA to get similar cues). The main grille will also be based on the CLS in terms of shape and size. The spy shots confirm that it will be wider toward the bottom and take inspiration from the AMG GT’s Panamericana grille. But while the standard A-Class uses the diamond radiator layout with silver horizontal bars on each side of the tri-star emblem, the AMG A35 will probably get a black mesh.

The bumper shouldn’t be significantly more aggressive than the regular A-Class. I’m actually pretty sure that the intakes will keep their original size, with the extra sportiness to come from a slightly bigger splitter and mildly revised side bumper elements.


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“The most noticeable change will occur onto the sides, as the A-Class will gain a sedan body style”

The most noticeable change will occur onto the sides, as the A-Class will gain a sedan body style for the very first time. The car will remain familiar from the nose to the C-pillar, but rear section will be longer due to the three-box style layout. But instead of a boxy, traditional shape, the A-Class sedan will have a coupe-style roofline and a sloping decklid. In other words, it will be very similar to the CLA. Both the decklid and the rear overhang will be kept short, so the sedan won’t be significantly longer than the hatchback.

Around back, the camouflaged taillights seem to be similar to the hatchback model, as in large onto the fenders and thinner into the trunklid. However, due to the tailgate being transformed into a conventional trunklid, the taillights won’t be as long as the hatchback’s. And of course, they will be placed a tad lower in the fascia. The bumper appears to be slightly different, but it’s too early to draw a conclusion here as the sedan still sports prototype tailpipes.

Interior

  • Modern Interior Design
  • All-Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 10.5-Inch Infotainment Display
  • 64-Color Ambient Lighting
  • New MBUX Infotainment System
  • Revised Trunk Section

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Note: Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback pictured here.

“The A-Class sedan will have the most appealing interior of the compact market”

The Concept A Sedan didn’t provide any hints about the production model’s interior, but it’s safe to assume that the cabin will be identical to the new-generation hatchback. And this is great news, as the new A-Class is not only a gorgeous place to spend time in, but it’s also packed with the latest technology out there.

The big news is that it borrows some features from the bigger Mercedes models, setting a new standard in the premium compact segment. The wing-shaped, multi-tier dashboard comes in a two-tone finish and includes turbine-style A/C vents at each corner. More vents can be seen on the center stack, which has a clean, high-tech design.


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“Highlights will also include a brand-new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system”

The instrument cluster and infotainment display have the same layout as in the larger S-Class and CLS models. Although not placed under a big hood, they’re connected to each other creating the impression of a really long screen that stretches over the driver’s side half of the dashboard. Display options should be similar to the hatchback, with the range-topping model to get two 10.25-inch screens. It remains to be seen if this layout will be standard in the AMG A35 model though.

Highlights will also include a unique ambient lighting system with 64 colors and the brand-new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. MBUX has ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence and it can also be customized through augmented reality technology and intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition.


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“The sedan will also benefit from the extra room that comes with the fourth-generation hatchback”

The sedan will also benefit from the extra legroom, shoulder room, and headroom that comes with the fourth-generation hatchback. The layout in the rear section will remain unchanged for the sedan, although headroom might decrease a bit due to the sloping roof. Also expect it to get the optional seat climate control and the Multicontour Seat package with massage function for the front seats (a first in this segment).

Now that we’ve recapped the features of the new-generation A-Class, it’s time to take a look at what will set the AMG A35 model apart. To be honest, it won’t get that many special features. At least not as many as the range-topping AMG A45. A flat-bottom steering wheel and sportier seats are on the table, but don’t expect the leather upholstery to be standard. There won’t be any carbon-fiber trim either, as this option will be offered on the AMG A45 model only. Also look for a few AMG badges, special contrast stitching, and maybe a unique upholstery color.

Drivetrain

  • New 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Possible EQ Boost System
  • Up To 300 Horsepower
  • Automatic Transmission
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Retuned Suspension and Chassis

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“The AMG A35 will probably get around 300 horsepower”

As the name suggests, the AMG A35 will slot below the beefed-up A45 and above the A250 model. The A45 is predicted to have close to 400 horsepower, while the new A250 features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 224 horsepower, so it’s safe to assume that the AMG A35 will get around 300 horses. The engine that will deliver it is still a mystery though. While the 2.0-liter unit in the A250 would be able to send 300 horsepower to the wheels with an updated turbocharging system, Merc could go with a brand-new unit.

The German firm recently introduced a new engine with hybrid EQ Boost technology for the E53 and CLS53 range, so it makes sense for the A-Class model placed just below the hardcore A45 to use something similar. So Mercedes is probably already working to combine the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the company’s new EQ Boost starter-alternator.

“A hybrid system with EQ Boost similar to the AMG CLS53 is very likely”

The starter motor and alternator are combined in an electric unit that’s fitted between the engine and the transmission and turns the vehicle into a hybrid. The E53 and CLS53 models also have an electric auxiliary compressor that builds up a high charge pressure without any delay, which provides a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger kicks in.

In the aforementioned models, the EQ Boost delivers an extra 22 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. These figures could change for a four-cylinder model, but it should still provide at least 15 horses and 150 pound-feet. The gasoline engine should crank out around 280 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, so the AMG A35 could end up with a cool 300 horses and at least 450 pound-feet under the hood.

The AMG badge should also come with a tweaked transmission and a bespoke suspension setup, but it won’t be as aggressive as the AMG A45’s.

Safety

  • State-Of-The-Art Safety Systems
  • Improved Camera And Radar System
  • Active Distance Assist
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Pre-Safe Plus Package
  • Airbags Front and Rear

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“The AMG A35 will be one of the most modern vehicle in its class in terms of safety features”

As it is the case with all Mercs, the AMG A35 will be one of the most modern vehicle in its class in terms of safety features. The impressive array of active and passive systems from the A-Class hatchback will most definitely make it into the sedan, starting with the car’s ability to keep a close eye on the traffic with an improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500 meters (0.3 miles) ahead. In conjunction with navigation data and Active Distance Assist Distronic, the sedan will be pretty close to a semi-autonomous vehicle.

Other features will include Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, and Active Brake Assist as standard. The Pre-Safe Plus, found on larger models, will be offered as an option.

Passive features will include airbags for the driver and front passenger, a driver’s kneebag, and windowbags on both sides as standard. The latter also covers the A-pillar, a first in this segment. Thorax-pelvis sidebags are standard in the front and available as optional equipment for the rear passenger compartment.

Prices

With pricing for the new A-Class not available, it’s difficult to estimate a sticker for the sedan version, but it’s safe to assume that it won’t be significantly more expensive. My best guess is that the base model will come in at around €25,000, while the A250 wil start from around €38,000. The AMG A45 version is likely to come in at around €53,000, so I expect the AMG A35 to fetch about €44,000 before options. In the U.S., it will be probably cost a tad more than the Audi S3 Sedan, so look for a sticker of around $44,000 to $46,000.

Competition

Audi S3 Sedan


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Much like the Audi A3 was the first premium hatchback, the A3 Sedan was the first three-box vehicle to enter the premium segment. It happened in 2013 and it took more than four years to get a proper competitor. With the A-Class Sedan and the upcoming AMG A45 Sedan set to go against the regular A3 and RS3 respectively, the AMG A35 will take on the S3 Sedan version. Available since 2013 and updated in 2017, the S3 badge adds a handful of sporty features on the outside and extra equipment inside the cabin. But it’s the drivetrain that makes the S3 an appealing four-door, as the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out an impressive 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This output is available for U.S. cars with the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission. In Europe, the manual version delivers 280 pound-feet. Sprinting from 0 to 60 mph takes less than five seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. Pricing starts from $43,650.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi S3 Sedan.

BMW 1 Series Sedan


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After years of rumors, BMW finally introduced a three-box body style for the 1 Series hatchback. Unfortunately, the German sedan comes with two issues. For starters, it was designed for the Chinese market only. This could change in the future, but for the time being, you can’t buy it anywhere else in the world, not even in Europe. Second, it has yet to receive a higher performance variant, so even if it comes to the U.S., it won’t be able to match the power of the Audi S3 and the Mercedes-AMG A35. Its most potent iteration is the 125i, which uses the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly a slouch, but it’s a full two seconds slower from 0 to 60 mph.

Read our full story on the BMW 1 Series Sedan.

Conclusion


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Although I’m not a big fan of the current industry trends with all sorts of niche models, I’m actually glad that Mercedes is building a sedan version of the A-Class. The new hatchback is definitely hot and a four-door variant will enable drivers that can’t afford a big Merc (or not even a CLA) to surge into dealerships. A new AMG model placed between the A250 and the AMG A45 also makes sense given the 150+ horsepower gap between the two. An EQ Boost system would only make things better as the brand’s new hybrid technology will find its way into a more affordable model. Solid performance and good fuel economy, who would say no to such a package?

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PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.


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“Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly surprising since the A-Class never made it here up until now. But with the Infiniti Q30 already in showrooms and with rumors that BMW will bring the 1 Series to the U.S. soon, I was hoping Mercedes will change its mind. But no, the German firm still doesn’t want to sell hatchback in the U.S., And the decision is rather frustrating since the A-Class will make it to Canada. Yup, Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.

There is a bit of good news in this though. According to the brand’s Canadian president and CEO, the U.S. will get the sedan version of the new A-Class.

“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they will only sell the sedan version of the A-Class,” Brian D. Fulton, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, told The Truth About Cars. “Both hatchback and sedan versions will be available in Canada; we will share more information about the sedan later this year.”

As you may remember, Mercedes showcased a concept version of the A-Class sedan back in 2017. It’s supposed to compete against the Audi A3 Sedan, which is already available in the U.S., and the recently introduced BMW 1 Series Sedan, a China-only model as of this writing. The four-door A-Class could arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

References

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PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.


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“Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly surprising since the A-Class never made it here up until now. But with the Infiniti Q30 already in showrooms and with rumors that BMW will bring the 1 Series to the U.S. soon, I was hoping Mercedes will change its mind. But no, the German firm still doesn’t want to sell hatchback in the U.S., And the decision is rather frustrating since the A-Class will make it to Canada. Yup, Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.

There is a bit of good news in this though. According to the brand’s Canadian president and CEO, the U.S. will get the sedan version of the new A-Class.

“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they will only sell the sedan version of the A-Class,” Brian D. Fulton, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, told The Truth About Cars. “Both hatchback and sedan versions will be available in Canada; we will share more information about the sedan later this year.”

As you may remember, Mercedes showcased a concept version of the A-Class sedan back in 2017. It’s supposed to compete against the Audi A3 Sedan, which is already available in the U.S., and the recently introduced BMW 1 Series Sedan, a China-only model as of this writing. The four-door A-Class could arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

Continue reading for the full story.


The Full Story


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“Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc's more-expensive models.”

Mercedes sold over 620,000 compact cars worldwide in 2017, so it’s not gonna be shy when it comes to keeping its entry-level segment feeling as fresh as possible. To that end, the new A-Class comes with a restyled exterior draped in the brand’s very latest design language. Up front, the fascia gains sharper headlight housings, a large bisected grille and diamond insert, plus a sleek profile. In back, there are triangular taillights and a diffuser element between a duo of trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc’s more-expensive models. The extra refinement starts with better driveability and ride comfort courtesy of the increased torsional rigidity, which enables the suspension to do its work more efficiently.

Customers will also flock to the all-new interior design, which is dominated by two large screens on the dash. The latest infotainment features from Merc’s MBUX infotainment suite give it a smartphone-esque operation, as well as digital assistant voice command functions.

Mercedes says it’s the same tech that you’d get in Merc’s range-topping S-Class, which is surely a big selling point among younger buyers. Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).


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“Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).”

Two new features include expanded blind spot assist, which will remain active for three minutes after parking to help you keep an eye out for dangers, such as approaching cyclists. There’s also casual private car sharing, which lets you leave the key in the car for select friends and family, who then use an app to access the vehicle for a certain amount of time.

There will be three models offered to European buyers, starting with the A180d, which comes with 114 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel powerplant. Next is the A200, which gets a 1.4-liter gas engine making 160 horsepower, and finally the 2.0-liter A250 with 221 horsepower. We also fully expect an AMG iteration pumping out around 400 ponies sometime in the next year or so.

No word on stateside availability, but odds are Merc will simply lift it and sell it as a compact SUV.

References

Mercedes-Benz A-Class


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764835

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


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Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

Continue reading for the full story.


The Full Story


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764854
“Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc's more-expensive models.”

Mercedes sold over 620,000 compact cars worldwide in 2017, so it’s not gonna be shy when it comes to keeping its entry-level segment feeling as fresh as possible. To that end, the new A-Class comes with a restyled exterior draped in the brand’s very latest design language. Up front, the fascia gains sharper headlight housings, a large bisected grille and diamond insert, plus a sleek profile. In back, there are triangular taillights and a diffuser element between a duo of trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc’s more-expensive models. The extra refinement starts with better driveability and ride comfort courtesy of the increased torsional rigidity, which enables the suspension to do its work more efficiently.

Customers will also flock to the all-new interior design, which is dominated by two large screens on the dash. The latest infotainment features from Merc’s MBUX infotainment suite give it a smartphone-esque operation, as well as digital assistant voice command functions.

Mercedes says it’s the same tech that you’d get in Merc’s range-topping S-Class, which is surely a big selling point among younger buyers. Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764833
“Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).”

Two new features include expanded blind spot assist, which will remain active for three minutes after parking to help you keep an eye out for dangers, such as approaching cyclists. There’s also casual private car sharing, which lets you leave the key in the car for select friends and family, who then use an app to access the vehicle for a certain amount of time.

There will be three models offered to European buyers, starting with the A180d, which comes with 114 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel powerplant. Next is the A200, which gets a 1.4-liter gas engine making 160 horsepower, and finally the 2.0-liter A250 with 221 horsepower. We also fully expect an AMG iteration pumping out around 400 ponies sometime in the next year or so.

No word on stateside availability, but odds are Merc will simply lift it and sell it as a compact SUV.

References

Mercedes-Benz A-Class


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764835

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


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