A class: Mercedes showed a new A-class small sedan to dealers at a June meeting, telling them it would arrive in the U.S. in 2018 as the brand's new entry-level model below the CLA. It could be priced at less than $30,000. The CLA base price is $32,700 before shipping. Dealers said they were given an on-sale date of September 2018, but that could slip to later in the fall.
The arrival of the A class will clarify years of uncertainty over whether American luxury consumers will embrace the brand's small-car nameplate, which previously had been available in hatchback form only. Dealers described the coming vehicle's interior as cutting-edge and techy and likely to appeal to millennial buyers.
Mercedes hasn't publicly confirmed the vehicle but did display the Concept A Sedan in April at the Shanghai auto show, hinting at "a potential new body type" for the A class. Mercedes is redesigning its global A-class lineup next year on the company's MFA2 platform, an evolution of its Modular Front Architecture.
The A-class sedan is expected to be built at a Nissan-Daimler joint venture assembly plant under construction in Mexico.
CLA: Mercedes will redesign the coupelike four-door in 2019 on the MFA2 platform. It will get sportier, fastback styling to set it apart from the A-class sedan. It will be freshened in 2022.
B-class Electric Drive: The electric vehicle, on sale in a limited number of states since December 2013, is being discontinued after the 2017 model year. Production ends this month.
C class: The rear-wheel-drive sedan will be freshened in fall 2018 and redesigned in mid-2021. The coupe and convertible will be freshened in 2020 and redesigned in early 2023.
CLS: The redesigned CLS, a four-door styled like a coupe, will go on sale in the U.S. in summer 2018. It moves to a new platform, the MRA, or Modular Rear Architecture, that underpins the redesigned E class, and it gets lighter, longer and roomier. Spy shots show the car's styling evolving but not significantly departing from the outgoing design. A wide array of semiautonomous driving features will be added. New engines are possible, including an inline six-cylinder to replace the base V-6.
Mercedes could introduce a new designation in its AMG nomenclature as part of the next CLS. The company is expected to sell a CLS53, the first in a new line of AMG 53 models. It likely would be powered by a 430-hp inline-six with a mild hybrid setup. The AMG 53 line will be paired with that high-performance inline-six in its other applications, too. Generally, if a nameplate gets an AMG 53 variant, it won't get an AMG 43 or AMG 63.