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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan due in Australia next year

A conventional sedan variant of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been launched in Europe and the USA, which many are billing as the spiritual successor to the W201 190 compact sedan sold between 1982 and 1993.

The new sedan is based on the 2019 A-Class hatch, which is scheduled to arrive this August from $47,200. It brings an all-new platform, with new engines and a groundbreaking interior. The sedan shares the same 2792mm wheelbase as the hatch, but is otherwise larger at 4549mm long, 1446mm tall and 1796mm wide. Its boot is 420 litres in volume, some 50L more than its hatch sibling.

One area where the sedan has a major advantage over the hatch is aerodynamics, where it boasts a drag co-efficient of 0.22 – the lowest, Mercedes-Benz says, “of all production vehicles worldwide”. For reference, the hatch’s figure is 0.26 and to better the A-Class sedan, you need to go back to the 1935 Tatra T77a.

Available engines include a 1.33-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder generating 120kW and 250Nm, a 1.5-litre turbo diesel that makes 85kW and 260Nm, as well as a 2.0-litre 140kW/300Nm unit for the US-market A220. The sole transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch, but an all-wheel drive 4Matic version will also be available.

Rivals for the new A-Class sedan include the China-only (for now) BMW 1 Series sedan and Audi A3 sedan. Special features include GPS-linked cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and the new MBUX system which responds to “Hey Mercedes”.

Further down the track, Mercedes-AMG versions are expected in two levels of tune, with between 250 and 300kW, plus a successor to the CLA four-door coupe, the previous aero champion from Mercedes-Benz. The A-Class sedan will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

According to Mercedes-Benz Australia, it will be on sale here from the second quarter of next year.

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