Short-wheelbase sedan coming later this year

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan has been launched ahead of the 2018 Beijing motor show, and will be sold exclusively in China.

The newly-unveiled sedan has a 2789mm wheelbase, 60mm longer than the recently launched fourth-generation hatch. The company says a "version of the sedan tailored to the needs of customers outside China" will be unveiled in the second half of 2018.

Overall the A-Class L sedan is 4609mm long, 1796mm wide and 1460mm tall. The hatch, by comparison, is just 4419mm long. Boot capacity is rated at 420 litres.

Design-wise, the new A-Class L sedan looks like the latest hatchback ahead of the B-pillar — predator face and all. Aft of the C-pillar, there's more of a C-Class feel, although the new China-only model does have a two-piece tail-light configuration similar to the hatch's.

The new model is available in both Sedan and Sport Sedan variants, with the latter gaining powerdomes on the bonnet. Depending on the trim level, the car rides on wheels between 16 and 19 inches in diameter.

Unsurprisingly the dashboard seems to be lifted directly from the new A-Class hatch, and features two large high-resolution displays and the company's new MBUX infotainment system.

The car's available features includes augmented reality navigation, an ambient lighting system with up to 64 user-selectable colours, and a voice recognition system capable of understanding Mandarin, Sichuanese and Cantonese.

At launch, the A-Class L will be available with a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine making either 100kW of 120kW of power. Later a 140kW 2.0-litre motor will added to the range. All models will be fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard.

The new A-Class L sedan goes on sale in China from the second half of 2018, and will be produced in conjunction with Daimler's partner Beijing-based BAIC Motor.