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India-Bound Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Revealed

India-Bound Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Revealed

Snapshot: As per company's claim, A-Class sedan is the most aerodynamic production car in the world.

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Mercedes-Benz has teased the A-Class sedan which was first revealed at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year. The A-Class sedan is inspired by the new-generation A-Class hatchback that was previewed earlier this year in February. In terms of styling, the sedan looks reminiscent of the new CLS and could be referred as the smaller version of CLS. As per Mercedes’ claim, the A-Class sedan is the most aerodynamic production car and now holds ‘world record’ for having a Coefficient drag of 0.22 and a drag of less than 0.49 m2. Interestingly, the new A-Class hatchback also offers better Cd value as compared to its predecessor. While the sedan will debut by the end of this year, India is likely to get the sedan sometime in 2019. The A-Class sedan will be built in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Rastatt, Germany; it was developed in Sindelfingen, Germany.

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Credited to be the most aerodynamic car, the sedan could benefit from low fuel consumption, implying a higher fuel economy. The sedan was optimized through computer-aided engineering (CAE), measurements in the wind tunnel and several other computation loops. These resulted in reduction of the front area, though there is still ample space for the occupants inside the cabin. The sedan also benefitted in terms of complete panelling of the underbody such as engine bay, main floorpan, parts of the rear axle and diffuser.

Besides, the front and rear wheel spoilers were optimizes too to allow air around the wheels, while rims and tyres have also been tuned aerodynamically. A two-part shutter system behind the radiator grill is also available for minimising the airflow through the engine bay, this feature is optional and is available in select markets. On visual terms, the A-Class sedan the sedan gets a diamond-studded grille in and LED headlamps with eyebrow-like LED daytime running lamps. At sides are a set of sporty twin-5-spoke alloy wheels available in two different sizes (16 and 19 inches), sleeker outside door mirrors with integrated LED turn signal lights. There is a bold waistline, blackened B-pillar and a sloping roofline.

The cabin sits on a 2,729 mm wheelbase which bears strong resemblance to the A-Class hatchback. On the dashboard, there is a large instrument-cluster, a digitalized instrument system, signature rotor-like chrome air-con vents, a multi-functional new steering wheel, and a smart-looking centre console finished in piano black. On the features front, the sedan shares some of the features with its donor hatchback such as the MBUX multimedia system- Mercedes-Benz User Experience- with artificial intelligence. It is also compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and features an integrated WeChatMyCar app.

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