It’s not a huge departure from the current CLA-Class, which isn’t a bad thing.

A refreshed-for-2018 S-Class isn’t the only thing Mercedes-Benz took to the Auto Shangahi 2017. The manufacturer also debuted its Concept A Sedan (saloon), giving the motoring world a potential look into the future for entry-level shoppers seeking a path to Mercedes ownership.

“Our Concept A Sedan shows that the time of creases is over,” said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG in a press release. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of ‘Sensual Purity’ and has the potential to introduce a new design era."

The Concept A saloon takes a cautious-yet-attractive approach to the compact luxury segment. Short overhangs front and rear are complimented with large wheel arches that have the slightest of flair to accommodate 20-inch wheels. Despite Wagener’s claim to the contrary, the concept does showcase some angular tendencies for both the front and rear lamps. The high belt line and arching roof are satisfyingly Mercedes, but it’s not much of a stretch to see shades of a Mazda6 in the drooping front clip.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan
Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan

Mercedes offers no mention of potential engines or powertrain combinations. The current CLA-class relies on a modest 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating 122 horsepower for the front wheels. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional, and of course there’s the AMG edition with 375 horsepower.

The CLA, while not the most thrilling of Mercs, has nevertheless been a strong seller for the brand, particularly in the U.S. Since its launch, it's frequently been one of the brand's best-selling cars. Its replacement is due in 2018: whether it will continue with the CLA name or adopt A-Class Saloon branding remains to be seen. 

Source: Mercedes-Benz

 

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