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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - July 27, 2018

Model Preview

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan will soon head to the United States for the first time. This model is part of a new family of compacts from Mercedes. It offers about an inch more between the wheels than the current CLA-Class, but it is three inches shorter overall.

The all-new A-Class Sedan will come with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic sends power to the wheels. Sorry, there will be no manual transmission.

Stylewise, the new Mercedes features short front and rear overhangs. The front fascia features the brand’s signature grille along with a large lower intake and upswept headlamps with LED accent lighting. Pronounced character lines flow from the edge of the grille and across the hood.

The A-Class’ profile appears long and muscular — the greenhouse stretches as far back as it can to the trunk. The wheels are beefy, measuring 17 or 19 inches. Bringing up the rear is the notched trunk with a lip spoiler, wraparound tail lamps with LED accent lights and available dual exhaust ports.

Move inside and the A-Class offers room for five. Notably, the design is very modern as the traditional cowl above the dashboard is gone. Instead, Mercedes-Benz offers one continuous design from door to door for symmetry and continuity. In effect, the instrument panel and infotainment display connect for ease of readability by the driver.

Safety features form the crux of what Mercedes-Benz is all about. For the 2019 A-Class, Mercedes says that these features are on par with its flagship S-Class line. Standard technologies include active brake assist with adaptive braking technology, Hill Start Assist with Hold. Optional features include active lane keeping assist, collision mitigation, active emergency stop assist and active lane change assist.

Other technologies include the first-ever application of the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system with voice control. Audio, trim, lighting, suspension and design packages will be available. Individual options include Keyless Go with Hands-Free Access.

Pricing & Release Date

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is due to launch later this year.

Official pricing, model information and specification details are pending. For comparison, the 2019 CLA 250 starts at $34,095, including a $995 destination charge.

Competitors will include the Audi A3, BMW 3-Series and Acura ILX.

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Pictured: 2019 A-Class

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