Mercedes-Benz is working on a new small sedan to slot between the CLA and C-Class, according to information obtained by AutoCar. The more seems a bit like an obvious one for Stuttgart, as it engages in a global sales war with rivals BMW and Audi, both of which already have a small sedan in the 1-Series and A3, respectively.
The entry-level sedan will be build upon the MFA platform, meaning this will be a front-wheel-drive based car with a transversely-mounted engine under the hood. The report expects a suite of four-cylinder engines, both gas and diesel, along with a reported plug-in hybrid variant. Optional all-wheel-drive is expected.
Mercedes-Benz is planning to build six models on the MFA platform, including this A-Class. Other vehicles planned to migrate to MFA include the B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA.
Although there has been no official word from Mercedes on the A-Class sedan, supplier sources have confirmed that the car will be offered in right-hand drive, suggesting this will be a truly global product for the luxury brand. That said, the car’s mission will be the Chinese and U.S. markets where the 1-Series and A3 have seen sales success.
Timing for the new A-Class is not yet confirmed, but supplier sources have suggested the car will launch by the end of 2018, which happens to coincide with the planned launch of the new A-Class hatchback.