With a drag coefficient of 0.22, the new A-Class has beaten the aerodynamic record set by the outgoing CLA Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz has already unveiled the new A-Class hatchback for Europe and Canada, but it won’t be coming to America. Instead, the A-Class will finally be sold in the US as a sedan, which was recently previewed by the long-wheelbase A-Class Sedan developed solely for China. A few months later, Mercedes has started the teaser campaign for the regular model that will be sold across the globe. According to Mercedes, the new A-Class sedan will have a drag coefficient of only 0.22, beating the outgoing CLA Coupe as the most aerodynamic production car in the world. Naturally, Mercedes achieved this by optimizing the sedan in a wind tunnel and using computer-aided engineering.
Other measures to make the car as aerodynamic as possible include a reduction of the frontal area, an “extensive sealing concept” such as sealing the area around the headlights, and an “almost complete panelling of the underbody”, which includes the engine bay, main floorpan, parts of the rear axle and the diffuser. In addition, the front and rear wheel spoilers were optimized specifically to route the air around the wheels as efficiently as possible, and the rims and tires have also been aerodynamically fine-tuned. An optional two-part shutter system behind the radiator grille will also be available in some countries to minimize the airflow through the engine bay.
Due to launch at the end of 2018, the Mercedes A-Class sedan will have the same 107.4-inch wheelbase as the hatchback, resulting in a sleek compact sedan with short front and rear overhangs. Mercedes promises the A-Class Sedan will boast best-in-class rear headroom and will use the company’s new innovative MBUX infotainment system that debuted in the A-Class hatchback.
After being developed in Sindelfingen, Germany, the new A-Class sedan will be produced in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Rastatt, Germany. Now that the teaser campaign has started, expect an official reveal to happen in a few weeks.