Mercedes A-Class sedan, Range Rover 6x6, Audi S8 spy shots

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The A-Class long-wheelbase sedan was developed in China specifically for the Chinese market where wealthier individuals are driven by chauffeurs. (18 mm) higher than the existing standard-wheelbase C-Class sedan sold in North America.

Inside, the new A-class sedan features the same high-quality dashboard and advanced infotainment functions as the new A-Class hatchback, including Mercedes-Benz's new MBUX operating system that introduces touchscreen control, conversational speech recognition and the ability for two users to connect simultaneously.

Another China-exclusive for the A-Class is a diminutive 1.3-liter inline-four engine making 163 horsepower with a turbo 2.0-liter option coming later. Both engines will be offered exclusively with a standard seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. And given our customers in China are young and connected, our new, intuitive MBUX telematics system gives them a highly individualized digital experience.

In the L Sedan's case however, the system is said to be perfectly fluent in Chinese dialects such as Sichuanese and Cantonese.

Mercedes-Benz says the vehicle comes equipped with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) functions that's comparable to those used in an S-Class, without elaborating further but it's likely to include Distronic adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and steering assist functions. Deliveries are due to begin in the third quarter of this year.

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Last year Mercedes sold a record 590,000 vehicles in China, of which roughly 73 percent were built at its Beijing-Benz Automotive joint venture factory with local partner BAIC in Beijing.

China it seems can't get enough of the compact class from Mercedes.

While the A-Class is more practical and has a greater rear seat usability, the CLA has a coupé-like exterior that lends the model a sporty look.

Chinese buyers will be able to choose between two versions of the auto: Sedan and Sport Sedan, the latter featuring power domes on the bonnet.

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