As the upper echelons of Mercedes-Benz’s sedan lineup get a shake-up with the new AMG GT4 joining the CLS four-door coupé, so too will its entry-level offerings.

With the advent of the soon-to-arrive A-Class Sedan, Stuttgart is making room for the CLA by morphing its current CLS-lite design to something closer to a fastback, similar to the AMG GT Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Company sources quoted by Automotive News confirmed the styling shift, while also mentioning that the next-generation CLA will be built on a new version of the company’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA) and is set to go on sale in 2019. Meanwhile, the A-Class Sedan, which was previewed by the Concept A Sedan in Shanghai last month, is expected to be enter showrooms in late 2018 or early 2019.

The two cars form part of Mercedes’ compact car range, which is expected to grow to eight vehicles in the next generation. Aside from the successors to the A-Class hatch, B-Class, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA, it is also expected to include the boxier G-Class-inspired GLB SUV and the long-wheelbase version of the A-Class Sedan, the latter being exclusive to China.