The unveiling of the new W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback may be grabbing headlines right now, but the five-door is only the first in a two-pronged assault on the premium compact car market. As previewed by the Concept A Sedan last year, there will also be a booted four-door version catered for sedan-loving markets such as China and the United States (and Malaysia, of course).

Resident Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has provided us with a look at what such a car will look like, and it’s pretty much as we expected it to be. The long nose, identical to the hatch, goes well with the elongated rear end, so it looks like a proper sedan rather than a cut-and-shut job – which so often is the case when a car designed as a hatchback gains a separate boot.

At the rear, the two-piece tail lights are more angular than those of the hatch, while the rear bootlid lip is less sharp than it is on the show car. The back of the sedan has already been seen undisguised before, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The sedan is expected to feature the same new engines as the hatch – the 163 hp/250 Nm 1.4 litre turbo petrol in the A 200, the 224 hp/350 Nm 2.0 litre petrol in the A 250 and the 116 hp/250 Nm 1.5 litre turbodiesel in the A 180 d. The seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmissions are also revised – there’s an all-new Getrag gearbox in the A 200 and A 180 d and an updated version of Mercedes’ own unit in the A 250.

The A-Class hatch and sedan are part of a raft of new compact models to be based the new Modular Front Architecture (MFA). The CLA four-door coupé is expected to receive a fastback look akin to the AMG GT sedan, while a new B-Class MPV and GLA crossover, along with a more practical GLB, will also be made available in due time. There will also be a long-wheelbase version of the A-Class Sedan for China.

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