Mercedes-Benz A-Class to get 350hp AMG version

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2011

There will be a muscular AMG version to the new Mercedes Benz A-Class that’s based on a concept. Mercedes-Benz senior designer Mark Fetherston revealed that the next generation A-Class will take approximately 85% of the Concept A styling. The Concept A-Klasse first debuted at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show but its introduction in North America is slated to be at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

Mercedes Benz has admitted that the A-Class AMG model that’s currently in development will make use of design elements borrowed from the concept and that it will be powered by a 350hp engine.

It’s likely that this car will have all-wheel-drive since the platform for the new A-Klasse is similar to what’s used on the upcoming small 4x4 model. The A-Klasse concept is powered by a transversely mounted 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged, direct-injected engine that delivers 210hp with a maximum torque of 229 lb-ft (310 Nm).

The transmission that will be fitted on the concept car features a dual-clutch gearbox. The Mercedes Benz A-Klasse concept is considered a major step in making Mercedes-Benz’s presence felt in China, a key market.

Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz, said that the Concept A-Class brings in the “new Mercedes-Benz design idiom into the compact class in a sculptured, light and expressive interpretation.”

The striking interplay of lines and surfaces, which designers call a “clean” concept, is a main feature of the new design language at Mercedes-Benz. Concave and convex surfaces that bring about a light modulation produce a distinctive sculpture-like presence. Certainly, the A-Class Concept carries on this theme of interplaying surfaces and defined edges, shown for the first time in the MB F800 Style. The structure of its side view consists of three prominent lines, with the front edge forming a line dropping towards the rear while the well-defined shoulder muscle on top of the rear axle, giving emphasis to the A-Class Concept’s coupé-like character.

An additional line stretches out upward in a flowing curve to the rear wheel arch. These lines give additional dynamism and depth to the sides. The doors have recessed handles that emerge at the press of a button.

The exterior mirrors have a distinct, wing-like structure, which suggests flow and lightness. The open side skirt is one more prominent feature that produces a unique light-and-shadow effect. Recalling a turbine rotor, the big 20-inch wheels of the MB A-Class Concept fortifies the impression that it has been created by the wind.

The A-Class Concept has a front end that is truly striking. The brand logo looks as if it is surrounded by a sky filled with stars. Where apertures/louvers are frequently located, the radiator grille has black stems with many metallic silver dots. The same theme is echoed in the wheels’ design.

The visually broad rear end, which conveys athleticism and power, is vitalized by well-defined edges and interplaying concave/convex surfaces. The A-Class Concept’s tail light clusters extend the lines of the muscular shoulders to the rear, highlighting the width of the car with their horizontal direction. The tail lights have an aerodynamic lip spoiler that enhances efficiency as the diffuser produces a downforce to help in roadholding.

Interior influenced by Affiliation with Aviation Engineering

The A-Class Concept’s interior, which is saturated with light coming from the big panoramic roof, also looks as if it came from another heavenly body. Majority of the unconventional features were influenced by aircraft engineering while reflecting some ideas from the interior of the Mercedes-Benz Aesthetics No. 2. The variety of component groups has been reduced to the least possible number. As an example, both the dashboard and center console are brushed with aluminum. This gives a light, transparent bionic design effect.

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