China is a market of great importance for some European manufacturers and that is why we see more and more specific models for this region. The last to arrive has been this Mercedes Class A L Saloon, a variant of the new Class A that has three volumes and the extended battle. It has been presented at the Beijing Motor Show and will not reach Europe or other markets in fact it will be produced by Beijing Benz Automotive, a joint venture of Daimler and BAIC Motor.
The design has been inherited from the Mercedes Concept A Sedan, the prototype launched last year. The lines are dynamic and fluid, with a cabin located in a backward position, achieving an attractive silhouette. They emphasize in the frontal the low hood, the diamond effect grille or stylized headlights. It can carry tires from 16 to 19 inches and in the rear stand out its marked shoulders and narrower rear lights than in the concept.
This model with fastback body has measures of 4.61 meters long, 1.79 meters wide and 1.46 meters; what supposes a length that surpasses in 20 centimeters to the Class A compact. As for the wheelbase, it is 2.79 meters in the Class A L Sedan, 6 inches more than in the five doors. In this way it achieves greater habitability in the rear seats, and the trunk increases to 420 liters (370 liters in the compact). Inside you can see some significant changes. For the first time it does not include a framework on the driving position and a broader effect is achieved. The multimedia system will remain the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) premiered by the Class A, with artificial intelligence and advanced voice commands. It will have other elements such as ambient lighting with up to 64 colors.
The Mercedes A Class L Saloon will be available in the Chinese market with a single gasoline mechanic. It is a four-cylinder engine and 1.33 liters made of aluminum that is offered with two power levels: 136 and 163 HP (the last with disconnection of cylinders). Later will come a four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 190 HP. All versions will be linked to the automatic double clutch 7G-DCT.