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  • Mercedes-Benz: The new A-Class Saloon – None is more aerodynamic.
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    A-Class Saloon: None is more aerodynamic.

More aerodynamic than ever.

Fresh wind for saving fuel: for three decades now, the aerodynamics engineers at Mercedes-Benz have been repeatedly setting new records. The world record is currently held by the new A-Class Saloon with a Cd value of 0.22 and a drag of less than 0.49 m2. With a Cd value from 0.25, the new A-Class hatchback, too, surpasses its already excellent predecessor (Cd value: from 0.26/frontal area: 2.20 m2). With a Cd value of 0.22 and a frontal area of 2.19 m2, the new A-Class Saloon has the lowest drag of any production vehicle worldwide and thereby defends the original world record of the CLA Coupé.


Mercedes-Benz: The new A-Class Saloon – None is more aerodynamic.
Rear view of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (V 177) in Iridium silver.

More efficient fuel consumption thanks to aerodynamics.

The good aerodynamic properties make a key contribution to low fuel consumption under everyday conditions. The A-Class Saloon was optimised down to the smallest detail by a multiplicity of computation loops, CAE simulations (computer-aided engineering) and measurements in the wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. In addition to the outstanding exterior shape, there are many small measures that led to the new record: a sophisticated reduction of the frontal area despite significantly improved interior comfort dimensions, an extensive sealing concept (such as the sealing of the headlamp surroundings) as well as almost complete panelling of the underbody, which includes the engine bay, main floorpan, parts of the rear axle and the diffuser.


Overview of the optimisation measures.

The front and rear wheel spoilers were optimised specifically to route the air around the wheels as efficiently as possible. The rims and tyres also underwent aerodynamic fine-tuning. Depending on the market, an optional two-part shutter system behind the radiator grille is available, which minimises the airflow through the engine bay.


Mercedes-Benz: The new A-Class Saloon – None is more aerodynamic.
  • Side view of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (V 177) in Iridium silver.
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Market launch at the end of 2018.

The A-Class Saloon will launch at the end of 2018. The four-door notchback has the wheelbase of the hatchback (2,729 millimetres) as well as the proportions of a dynamic and yet compact saloon with short overhangs at front and rear. It is at the top of its segment with regard to rear headroom. In addition, the saloon model has the familiar A-Class virtues.


These include modern, efficient engines, a high level of safety thanks to state-of-the-art driving assistance systems with S-Class functions, and the intuitively operated and learning MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – infotainment system. The new streamlined A-Class Saloon will be built in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Rastatt; it was developed in Sindelfingen.