This is the first indication of how a new small Mercedes-Benz could look. The Concept A-Class will be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in two weeks.
Mercedes says the concept brings in a new era for the company’s small cars, and it has a far more sporty look than the current A-Class. Rather than an MPV-like profile, the car has a long bonnet and low roofline, and is based on a new front-wheel-drive platform that will underpin several new models, including the new - and B-Classes.
Visually, it follows on from the F800 Style concept car that was shown at the 2010 Geneva motor show and said at the time to preview a replacement for the CLC, which will form part of the new A-Class family.
The strongly sculpted lines on the side are designed to give the Concept A-Class a coupe-like look, but perhaps the most remarkable part of the new car is the nose. Here, the grille abandons a more conventional layout in favour of lots of metallic silver hexagons on black stems, while the headlights repeat the theme, with several lighting points.
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