Just don't call it a CLA, because it's not.

It was the end of January when Mercedes introduced the Aesthetics A Sculpture as a way to tell us the A-Class family is set to expand with the next generation. That “sculpture” has now evolved to become the Concept A Sedan previewing what will become an A-Class Sedan in a few years. Rather than replacing the CLA, the new model currently being previewed at Auto Shanghai will join its swoopy “four-door coupe” brother.

Mercedes is attempting to make the traditional three-box design a tad more exciting by shortening the overhangs and by installing flush door handles along with a sporty Panamericana front grille. Typical for a concept, the showcar has a set of large alloy wheels, a 20-inch set in this case. To spice things up even further, the headlights adopt a new shape and come with an intricate design, while the back of the car proposes a more modern take on the CLA’s derrière.

Mercedes Concept A Sedan
Mercedes Concept A Sedan

We have noticed the red car depicted in the official images as well as the silver one in Shanghai had all of the windows tinted, which is usually a sign the automaker doesn’t want us to see the interior. None of the attached videos are showing the concept’s cabin, so Mercedes isn’t willing just yet to provide a glimpse of the interior changes in tow for its next family of A-Class family. One feature we expect to see is the implementation of a fully digital instrument cluster, at least as an option.

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Speaking of the A-Class family, the lineup will allegedly be expanded furthermore with the addition of a long-wheelbase A-Class Sedan catering the Chinese market. Rumour has it Mercedes is also prepping a GLB, which as the name implies will slot between the GLA and GLC crossovers. This one too is expected to spawn a LWB variant for China and it might even have seven seats.

All future A- and B-Class models will ride on an evolution of today’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA). Mercedes will kick things off with the next-gen A-Class hatchback due probably sometime next year considering prototypes have been spotted testing since 2016.

 

Source: Mercedes-Benz

 

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