2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: first photos revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 10, 2011

It appears that Mercedes-Benz is working hard on the 2012 A-Class and the latest patent photos show what the car is almost ready. It is more than clear that the new car will take on cars such as the Audi A3 and the Bmw 1-Series.

The vehicle is inspired by the Concept A Class showed back in April at the Auto Shanghai 2011 and honestly to tell you we are glad to see most of the design lines also on the production version.

Regarding the engines found on the new car we have no details, but we do know that the Concept A Class was powered by a 2.0-liter engine delivering 155 kW (210 hp) and 310 Nm of torque and mated to a dual-clutch transmission.

Moreover, the concept featured a radar-controlled collision warning system with adaptive brake assist (Collision Prevention Assist, CPA) in order to reduce rear-end collision.

What is more interesting is that the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will also receive an AMG version which will deliver an impressive 350 hp. Still, Mercedes-Benz has to confirm the new A-Class AMG, which will be a rival for the 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback. 

The new A-Class is dynamic and stylish, emanating from its having been lowered by 18 centimeters compared to the previous model. This rather radical form language has been implemented regularly in the series production version. It has also received wide-acclaim worldwide along with the A-Class Concept. Clearly this new design strategy of the Mercedes-Benz is best exemplified by this new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The overall outcome is that this two-box design gives it its own unique character especially with the interior’s high-quality feel and the sporty exterior.

Mercedes-Benz Head of Design Gorden Wagener shares that while it was indeed challenging to translate the brand’s new dynamic style to the compact class, it was a fun undertaking as well. No such vehicle in its class is as progressive as the A-Class, he adds, and the brand has indeed been known for the sculptural form of its A-Class. For instance, the sides with its character lines give this A-Class a terseness and structure, Wagener continues. Furthermore, the new dynamic style can even be seen as well in its interior. The design of the exterior of this A-Class is marked by the tightly drawn surfaces and the defined edges.

Between its convex and concave surfaces, there is an endless interplay resulting in distinctive play of light. This is particularly obvious in the car’s sides and helps with its already unique look. The front is sporty and long and the standard features include having that pronounced V-shape and the separate headlamps. Still on the front is the radiator grille that has the Mercedes star on its center with double slats on each side. The sides also include extra air intakes. The side profile has that dropping line that slowly disperses as it nears the front end.

One significant component of the brand’s design concept is the way its headlamps have been designed plus the light functions that have been configured with them. Just behind the cover glass of the headlamp are the LEDs and the light modules that have been assembled in a way that it gives off that flare effect for the indicators and daytime driving lights. This flare is composed of the bulb set of its indicators, the LED modules of the daytime running lamps, and the feature lamp inside its headlamp. It is this signature effect that gives the A-Class that energetic look and therefore helps the brand in defining a youthful and new face.

The amazing aerodynamics and the dynamic design also show that flawless interaction and this is clearly seen in its roof, especially with the arcing and tight curve plus smooth surfaces. Its profile shows that the flowing and smooth lines end in a flat edge. Its roof spoiler is able to hide all of its aerials and even gives that additional sporty feel while providing the roof assembly that structure. Meanwhile the beltline is able to rise to its rear and therefore give it a more pronounced wedge shape. Making its side view even more distinguished are the crisp lines and the sculptural moulded side panels.

On the front and just above its wing is the structural edge that is called as the dropping line which arcs gently to the rear. In order to highlight its coupé-like qualities, on the top of its rear axle lies the powerfully-shaped shoulder. An additional line then stretches out starting from the rear wheels arch’s front which then fades away.

All the different lines result in a profile that has dynamism and depth. Delivering that needed finish touch on the bottom portion of this model are the dynamic side sill panels, which also help in improving its light-footedness and elegant look. The interaction between its concave and convex surfaces and that of the edges results in highlighting the tail end. The lines of its muscular shoulders are thus continued to the rear through the tail lights.

Since it is oriented in a horizontal manner, it also helps highlight the powerful breadth of this car. As an option, the light functions can be provided by LED modules and fiber-optic cables. It is also clear in this area that that there is an interplay between the aerodynamics and the design. The tail lights’ surface finish not only helps emphasize the design but even helps in enhancing the airflow that is around the vehicle mainly due to the break-away edges found in the rear portion.

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