Skip to main content

Mercedes-Benz’s pocket-sized A-Class could make its way to our shores by 2020

Mercedes-Benz-A45_AMG_2016 front angle
The CLA-Class’ days as the entry-level model in Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. lineup might be numbered. A new report coming out of the nation’s Motor City claims that the next generation of the A-Class will be sold on our shores for the first time in the nameplate’s long history before the decade draws to a close.

Widely popular in Europe, the A has been around in various forms since 1998 but it has never been offered in the U.S. because of its relatively small dimensions. However, the market for compact cars is slowly but surely growing, and insiders told The Detroit Bureau that the next-gen model will consequently be developed with U.S. regulations in mind.

Related Videos

The third-generation A that’s currently sold in Europe (pictured above) is a hugely important car because it has allowed the Stuttgart-based car maker to reach out to a much younger audience, including a high percentage of first-time Mercedes buyers. Executives hope that introducing the A in the U.S. will have the same effect on both sales and demographics.

Details are few and far between because the fourth-gen A is still at the embryonic stage of development. However, it is expected to ride on a brand new platform that it will again share with the B-, the CLA- and the GLA-Class, and it will be roughly the same size as the current model, which stretches 142 inches — 40 inches less than a CLA — from bumper to bumper.

Mechanically, the next A-Class will use four-cylinder gasoline- and diesel-burning engines that will be either pulled from the Mercedes parts bin or borrowed from industrial partner Renault-Nissan. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be available at an extra cost on select models. However, what engine and transmission options the U.S.-spec version will launch with is anyone’s guess at this point.

What’s nearly certain is that the range-topping Mercedes-AMG A 45 will boast a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will make at least 400 horsepower, 20 more than today’s model. Also found under the hood of the CLA 45 and the GLA 45, the turbo four will put power to the pavement via an automatic transmission and a sport-tuned all-wheel drive system.

The U.S.-spec A-Class will allegedly be assembled in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in a brand new factory that Mercedes parent company Daimler is currently building as part of a joint venture with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Scheduled to open its doors in 2017, the plant will have an annual capacity of about 300,000 cars.

Mercedes has not commented on the report. If it turns out to be true, the fourth-generation A-Class will be presented to the public at a major auto show in 2018, and it will go on sale shortly after as a 2019 model.

Editors' Recommendations

Mercedes EV charging hubs are coming to North America by the end of the decade
What a future Mercedes-Benz EV charging hub might look like.

You can't have more electric cars without more charging stations, so Mercedes-Benz is building a global charging network covering North America, China, Europe, and other major markets to support its goal of going all-electric by the end of the decade where market conditions allow.

Announced at CES 2023, the network should be in place by the end of the decade in line with Mercedes' electrification goal. It's a bold move by the automaker, which has mostly relied on third-party charging networks until now.

Read more
Tesla Model X vs. Tesla Model Y: Range, speed, price, and other specs compared
Novitec Tesla Model X

Every major carmaker, from Ford to Volvo and beyond, makes an EV these days, but Tesla has had a bit of a head start. As a result, it now offers a well-rounded lineup of electric cars, including sedans and SUVs. Tesla’s cars are still some of the best EVs out there, and if you’re in the market for an electric car, you’re likely considering a Tesla.

Larger cars, like SUVs and crossovers, are the most popular in the U.S. right now — and Tesla offers two of them: The Tesla Model X and the Tesla Model Y. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and there are a few major differences, including price. Here’s everything you need to know about the two cars and why one or the other might be better for your needs.
Tesla Model X vs. Tesla Model Y: Design

Read more
VW previews its next electric car in trippy camouflaged form
Front three quarter view of a camouflaged Volkswagen ID.7 prototype.

The Volkswagen ID.7 is VW's next electric car, and while it won't be fully revealed until later in the year, the automaker provided a sneak peek at CES 2023.

VW said the production ID.7, which will be revealed in the second quarter of this year, will be influenced by the ID.Aero concept first shown in China in 2022. The camouflaged prototype VW brought to CES has the same general shape as the ID.Aero. It's a streamlined sedan that VW claims will have up to 435 miles of range as measured on the somewhat lenient European WLTP testing cycle.

Read more