Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coming To America With New, More Potent Engine


CLA Coupe likely to benefit from same engine in 2019

Mercedes-Benz revealed on Friday specifics on the newest iteration of the forthcoming 2019 A-Class hatchback, due to arrive in global markets later this year. Unfortunately for American hatchback lovers, the five-door Benz won’t be making it stateside, but a press release from Mercedes-Benz Canada has given us the best indication yet the U.S.-bound A-Class sedan will arrive with an upgraded turbo mill that beats a little harder.

Mercedes-Benz Canada confirmed it will bring the A-Class hatchback to market with the company’s M260 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, the same engine as the U.S.-bound sedan model, producing 13 additional horsepower over the CLA’s mill for a total output figure of 221 hp. The extra oomph places the A-Class’s turbo four ever closer to the 241 hp, 273 lb-ft four-pot mill fitted to the current C300 sedan. Peak torque for the M260 stays the same as the M270 found in the CLA—258 lb-ft. In real terms, the new turbo 2.0-liter engine's output translates to a 0-62 mph sprint time of 6.2 seconds in five-door front-wheel-drive models, and a top speed of 130 mph.

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In Canada, Mercedes-Benz will sell the compact hatch in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, so expect the same for the sedan when Mercedes-Benz drops official details on the four door. Regardless of driveline, the A-Class will get its grunt to the drive wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While no pricing has been announced on either side of the border, expect the A-Class sedan to command a sub-$30,000 base price when goes on sale this fall in the United States.