The Vision A 93 was a revolutionary concept that marked the venture of Mercedes-Benz to a new vehicle class back in 1993. With the Mercedes Concept A-CLASS, the brand is again showing a car that appears to be from another planet. The Concept A-CLASS is seen to be the first heartbeat of a new generation cars with an expressive design that stands for concentrated dynamism.
This concept car has a front-wheel drive whose technical highlight includes a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of delivering 155 kW or 210 hp. It also has dual clutch transmission as well as a radar-based collision warning system paired with adaptive Brake Assist.
The proportions of this concept car show concentrated dynamism with its slim window areas, low silhouette, and long bonnet. The interplay of the surfaces and lines give depth to the sporty appearance of the Concept A-CLASS.
Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Prof. Gorden Wagener shared that the concept car introduces the design idiom of the brand to the compact class through an expressive, light, and sculptured interpretation. To express the sheer dynamism that the Concept A-CLASS exudes, the Wagener says that the term used was “captured energy.”
The “cool” look of the Concept A-CLASS was inspired from aviation engineering, in particular, the waves and wind. The reason the Concept A-CLASS is steering a new era for Mercedes-Benz in the compact class is not just because of its visually appealing features but also the technological features as well. The model has a front-wheel drive that is then powered by the four-liter petrol engine of the M270 series.
While the engine was primarily designed for transverse installation, the addition of turbocharging and direct injection gives it a higher performance potential and minimal fuel consumption and emissions. Other highlights of this engine made entirely of aluminum are the fast-responding piezo injectors and injection pressures that can reach as high as 200 bar. The Concept A-CLASS also comes equipped with the two-liter variation of the new engine that can deliver kW or 210 hp.
This BlueEFFICIENCY unit from Mercedes-Benz is then combined with its dual clutch transmission. The three-shaft transmission has seven forward gears that can shift automatically without interrupting its tractive power. This makes the new transmission not just economical but even comfortable and sporty.
An important characteristic of the brand’s new design idiom is the expressive interplay involving surfaces and lines which many designers call as the “clean” concept. Owing in part to the convex and concave surfaces and light modulation, a distinct sculpture-like presence is created. Mercedes-Benz originally showed the effect of interacting surfaces and defined edges with the F800 Style and this theme is continued with the Concept A‑CLASS.
Three prominent lines are on the side while there is a dropping line that is formed from the car’s front structural edge to the rear portion. The shoulder muscle above the rear axle is more pronounced giving more emphasis to the coupe-like character of the Concept A‑CLASS.
There is also a line that extends from the front rear wheel up and goes up in a sweeping curve. All of these lines give more dynamism and add depth to the car’s side profile. The handles of the doors are recessed to the doors themselves and can emerge electrically at the simple touch of a button.