This is not the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. It is the new Mercedes-Benz A-classsedan, which will make its official debut at the Paris motor show in September and hit the roads at the end of 2018, becoming the second member of the all-new Mercedes A-class family.
So what is it? Well, an A-class, but in 4-door saloon format. While that does sound rather like the outgoing CLA, it’s slightly different in that jumbled-up way we’ve come to expect of the modern car industry, and there’ll be an actual CLA – more rakish than the saloon – appearing at a later date.
Thus the A-class saloon has four doors and a proper boot, it’s 4549mm long, which is 130mm longer than the A-class hatchback, but is the same 1796mm wide and as close as makes no difference the same height. Its 2729mm wheelbase is identical, so don’t expect any more interior volume (the new A is better than the old one in that regard but still not best-in-class), but the sensible roofline of the new sedan should make it more liveable than the old CLA, and Mercedes says it will have best-in-class headroom.