Sources have told Autocar that Mercedes-Benz is planning to expand the number of body styles built off the next-generation front- and all-wheel drive MFA platform.
Above: Current Mercedes-Benz CLA. Top and below: Current Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Compared to the CLA sedan, the A-Class sedan will have more formal styling, resulting in more cabin space, especially for those in the rear seats. In all likelihood, its styling will be liberally inspired by the larger C-, E-, and S-Class models.
The new A-Class sedan will be targeted primarily at the Chinese and American markets, where sedans are preferred over hatchbacks. Despite this, the new A-Class sedan will reportedly also be made in right-hand drive.
As with many sedans developed with China in mind, the new A-Class sedan is said to be available in both standard and long wheelbase formats, with the latter a Chinese market exclusive.
The second-generation MFA platform allows for both front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. As is currently the case, the range topping AMG 45 models will have a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine driving all four wheels.
Prototypes of the next-generation A-Class hatchback were last spotted in October. The new hatch could debut before the end of 2017, but sales aren't expected to begin until 2018.
The British magazine understands that the A-Class sedan will also go on sale in 2018, although it's possible that the German automaker will stagger the two models' releases in order to gain maximum exposure.