Mercedes to Discontinue A-Class for US Market
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the 2022 A-class sedan will be the car’s final production year for the US Market.
According to Automotive News, the move to drop the A-class was influenced by the automaker’s “ongoing effort to streamline our product offering strategy.” It was also reported the A-class sedan’s sales have slowly dropped since its 2019 release.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-class is considered an entry-level model for prospective buyers, touting a starting price of $35,000 after destination charges. Currently, it is offered in two variants: the A 220 and A220 4MATIC, both of which are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine capable of outputting 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes advertises a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds, thanks in part to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission; however, during our Road Test of the 2019 A-class, we were able to get that down to 6.5 seconds in our all-wheel drive tester.
Despite being an entry-level Benz, we discovered in our Road Test that the cabin didn’t suffer from any obvious compromises in quality. The 7-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch infotainment display felt premium and the interior was rightfully luxurious.
Mercedes-AMG A 35
Previously, the A-class was also offered in an AMG variant, the A 35 Sedan, but Mercedes has since dropped that trim level. It, too, utilized a turbocharged inline-four and 7-speed DCT, but was able to output 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Riding atop an AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, this AMG was capable of an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds.
The next entry-level offering Mercedes has to offer is their GLA SUV, which starts at around $37,000 with destination, and the CLA coupe (four door sedan), starting at around $39,000 with destination.