The new Mercedes A-Class Saloon has debuted at the Beijing Motor Show in long wheelbase guise, ahead of an arrival in the UK in standard wheelbase.
Looking, unsurprisingly, just the same as the A-Class Hatch from the C-Pillars forward, the A-Class Saloon gets a stubby boot on the back to deliver a fairly classic-looking modern compact saloon, and although it’s clearly designed for the Chinese market – especially in long wheelbase guise – it will pose a challenge to Audi’s A3 saloon in the UK and Europe.
Inside it’s pure A-Class Hatch, with Mercedes new MBUX infotainment and digital screens plonked atop the dash and the familiar trio of ‘turbine’ air vents sat in the middle.
When the A-Class saloon arrives in the UK, expect it to come with a very similar range of engine options to the new A-Class and, in time, it seems likely Mercedes will also deliver both a warm AMG version in the A35 AMG and a properly swift version in the A45 Saloon.
There’s no price indication yet from Mercedes on UK pricing for the A-Class saloon in the UK, but when it does arrive, probably in early 2019, expect a few grand premium over the Hatch.