However unlike the China-only 1 Series Sedan, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the A-Class sedan will be previewed in other markets in the second half of this year, but cautioned that it will be a slightly different model (possibly with a shorter, standard wheelbase as the hatchback) from this, without giving any specifics.
The A-Class L Sedan will initially be available (in China) with a 1.33-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol engine in 100kW and 120kW guises, and a 140kW 2-litre engine will follow at a later stage.
In China, the A-Class will have Daimler's Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX infotainment system) with China's popular WeChat app integrated.
"With our Chinese customers' wishes and needs in mind, we developed the A?Class L Sedan for the local market, which is the first and only long wheelbase model in the premium compact vehicle segment", says Daimler's China head, Hubertus Troska. "This long wheelbase version offers added space, with a rear compartment dedicated to meeting local preferences". The A-Class L Saloon has been exclusively designed for the Chinese market. China is Mercedes' biggest single market and in the first quarter the brand was the top-selling luxury marque despite a surge in sales by Audi, last year's leader.
Instead of 2,729 mm, the A-Class L's wheelbase stands at 2,789 mm (that's a 60 mm increase over the hatchback). Ltd.'s plant in Beijing, a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor, is the world's largest Mercedes-Benz passenger auto plant, and the only one to manufacture front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive models as well as engines on one site. However, the cramped rear seat of the CLA has left some prospective customers asking for more.