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Mercedes-Benz reveals stretched A-Class Lby Justin King
The long-wheelbase variant has been developed exclusively for the Chinese market.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the A-Class L, a stretched variant that makes its debut ahead of the standard-wheelbase edition.
When viewed from the front, the 'notchback' sedan closely matches the redesigned A-Class hatchback that recently debuted in Geneva. The long-wheelbase sedan provides much more room for rear-seat passengers, however, catering to Chinese buyers who prefer to be chauffeured.
The A-Class L wheelbase is nearly 2.5 inches longer than the hatchback, maximizing rear knee-room, while the roofline does not follow the CLA's steep rearward slope.
"With our Chinese customers' wishes and needs in mind, we developed the A?Class L Sedan for the local market, which is the first and only long wheelbase model in the premium compact car segment," says Daimler's China head, Hubertus Troska.
The China-exclusive A-Class L previews the appearance of the short-wheelbase model, which will be available in Sedan and Sport Sedan versions. The latter will be visually distinguished by power domes on the hood.
The shorter A-Class is said to be on track to launch in the second half of the year.