Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Saloon: price, release date, specs and interior

  • Mercedes-Benz extends the A-Class with a new saloon
  • All-petrol engine and auto transmission range from launch
  • China first, then European deliveries expected later in 2018

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new A-Class L Saloon in China, and has confirmed that a shorter version (without the L) is coming to Europe 'later in 2018'. The new car, which is a longer version of the CLA-Class replacement, has a 6cm longer wheelbase than the A-Class hatchback – meaning that it will be far roomier than the car it replaces.

Like its replacement, the A-Class L Saloon is a sleek-looking car. It's highly streamlined to slip through the air, and is styled to reflect Mercedes-Benz's latest design philosophy, known as 'Sensual Purity'.

Mercedes says that it's been designed to maximise interior space, so it has very short front and rear overhangs in relation to its length.

It's very closely related to the A-Class hatchback, so you get the same low bonnet, flat headlamps with chrome elements, and torch-like daytime driving lights. Considering it's front-wheel drive, it has a pleasingly long bonnet in relation to its length, and looks very much like a shrunken C-Class saloon.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Saloon

Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Saloon: top interior tech

The latest in the A-Class line-up continues the company's policy of shoehorning in the latest technology to a wider audience. So it gets a raft of driving assistance systems and the latest MBUX infotainment set-up, which includes the new natural speech recognition system.

You get the same S-Class-emulating dashboard and interior, which currently places it at the top of the compact premium market. The feeling of interior space is assisted by the low-line dashboard, and the wide, landscape-format digital instrumentation.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Saloon

Mercedes-Benz is making great play of its WeChatMyCar app that's included. The company says that it possible for for two or more users to connect simultaneously to the system. The intelligent voice control works in a similarly intuitive way to home-based systems such as Google Home and Amazon's Alexa.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class L saloon has been built with the Chinese market in mind. And a major demand for cars in that market is generous rear legroom. Consequently, rear kneeroom is particularly impressive, but the seats-up luggage capacity isn't bad at 420 litres.

How safe and what engines for the new car?

The Chinese market A-Class L Saloon also boasts the very latest driving driver-assistance systems, such as the brilliant Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system. The company says it offers the highest level of active safety features in this class.

At launch in China, the A-Class L Saloon receives Mercedes-Benz's 1.3-litre petrol engine available in 134 and 160hp forms. Mercedes-Benz says these will be followed by a 2.0-litre 188hp range-topper.

Like its hatchback cousin, the A-Class L Saloon will be automatic-only at launch, with the seven-speed DCT transmission being the only option. Currently, Mercedes-Benz won't confirm what the exact model line-up will be for Europe and the UK, but expect it to mirror what's currently available on the new hatchback.

Stay tuned to Parkers for more information as it's released and keep an eye out for the full Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon review

Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Saloon