But it won't be the model specifically coming to America.
Mercedes recently lifted the wraps off the all-new A-Class, sporting refreshed looks, more power, and an updated interior featuring a best-in-class infotainment system. We recently learned the entry-level compact will spawn as many as eight new models, including a sedan specifically developed for the US market. So far, Mercedes has only shown the hatchback at Geneva, which will be coming to Europe and Canada, but not the US. That will change next week, however.
The German automaker has announced that the first ever A-Class sedan will debut next week at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Specifically, Mercedes will be showing off the longer-wheelbase version being built exclusively for China, but it should still give us a good idea what the US-spec sedan will look like when it eventually arrives here. Based on the hatchback version, we already have a good idea what to expect from the American A-Class spec-wise. Underpinning Mercedes’ new compacts is an updated version of the company’s Modular Front-drive Architecture, which brings weight savings and support for alternative drivetrains.
Expect the A-Class sedan to pack a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 sending 224 horsepower to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. High-performance AMG variants will also be available with all-wheel drive, including an A45 with over 400 hp on tap and an A35 with around 300 hp. Alongside the A-Class sedan, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept will also be revealed at the show. Details are scarce for now, but it’s likely to preview the upcoming Mercedes-Maybach GLS variant that will rival the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga.
The last Maybach SUV was the limited-edition G650 Landaulet from 2017, so it will be interesting to see if the new model will be based on the all-new G-Class. We’ll find out next week when the Beijing Auto Show kicks off on April 25.