There’s extra to dwelling in Canada than simply greater taxes, polar bear incursions, and brutally chilly climate. For some purpose, denizens of the Nice White North are allowed to take pleasure in extra selection at the backside of the Mercedes-Benz mannequin range.
For instance, Americans might be forgiven in the event that they weren’t conscious of the B-Class Electrical Drive, a low-quantity EV hatchback that bit the mud late final yr. MB bought simply 744 of them in the U.S. in 2017. In the meantime, Canadians can nonetheless stroll into their native supplier and signal on for a 2018 B250, the typical variant powered by the CLA-Class’ turbocharged 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder.
The EV mannequin by no means made its approach north of the border, whereas the typical mannequin by no means made its method south of the forty ninth Parallel.
On Friday, the automaker pulled the wraps virtually all of the method off its new A-CLass ó a extra refined entrance-drive entry-degree mannequin making its first foray into the North American market. Designed to lure consumers who wouldn’t in any other case have thought-about the model, the A-Class will spawn a 5-door and sedan variant in Europe, whereas American consumers can anticipate solely the 4-door. And Canada? Properly, the nation that basically hates selection in wi-fi carriers and dairy merchandise by some means will get the 5-door, too.
“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they’ll solely promote the sedan model of the A-Class,” stated†Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, on Friday. “Each hatchback and sedan variations might be out there in Canada; we’ll share extra information about the sedan later this yr.”
Regardless of the public’s growing love for trucks and SUVs, a development that’s simply as robust north of the border as south, Canadian car consumers nonetheless retain a want for small, entry-degree hatchbacks. Why else would Nissan frustrate TTAC’s Chris Tonn by providing the Micra in that market, however not the U.S.?
With the shark-nosed A-Class, the model hopes it could possibly appeal to consumers with a tony badge and an interior Daimler AG chief design officer†Gorden Wagener calls “trendy luxurious at a degree beforehand unattained on this class.”
Up to now, the sedan variant stays beneath wraps, however the 5-door’s look is locked into place. In the Canadian market, the A-Class Hatchback holds thirteen.1 cubic ft of cargo behind the rear seats. Up entrance, the A250 (apparently, in each bodystyles) carries a turbocharged 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder good for 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-velocity twin-clutch automated. Out there 4Matic all-wheel drive may be had for additional dollars (or loonies).
17-inch wheels come standard on the A-Class, with 18-inchers non-compulsory. The car’s rear axle is mounted on a subframe that additional isolates the physique from street vibrations by way of rubber bushings. Inside, the mannequin’s declare to fame is a twin-display system that dominates the sprint. These screens, provided in 7.zero or 10.25-inch variations, supply customers entry to the automaker’s new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz Consumer Expertise) multimedia system. There’s too many connectivity features to record; suffice it to say Mercedes-Benz is making a critical play for the plugged-in Millennial market.
The 2019 A-Class arrives in each the United States and Canada late this yr. Pricing hasn’t been introduced, nevertheless it’s anticipated the mannequin’s MSRP will undercut that of the CLA (and in Canada, the B-Class).
[Images: Daimler AG]
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