If you live anywhere else but China you'll never be able to buy the Mercedes A Class L because it is a variant developed solely for the Chinese market. This A-Class model is being produced exclusively at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC Motor.
The market launch in China is scheduled for the second half of 2018. A version of the saloon tailored to the needs of customers outside China will likewise launch in the second half of the year.
The A Class L Saloon offers the latest driving assistance systems featuring S-Class functions and the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system.
The engine range and model variants will be exactly the same as offered by the A Class hatch. Chinese buyers prefer extra legroom which is why all car manufactures offer longer wheelbase versions.
In 2017 China was once again the largest sales market for Mercedes-Benz. Customers in the Middle Kingdom took delivery of around 590,000 vehicles last year, more than ever in a single year (+25.9%).
In total, around 430,000 units were produced locally in 2017, which corresponds to more than two-thirds of the total sales volume in China.