The previous year has introduced a lot of new overhauls in the compact car segment not just for Mercedes but also for other major players in the car industry. In addition to the new overhauls, Mercedes-Benz’s “Aesthetics A” unveiled its new design sculpture for the upcoming A-Class sedan models. The teasers show how the new design philosophy incorporates fewer lines and creases as if everything else have gone back to the basic element of style.
Judging from the side profile, the concept saloon has a smoother and more distinct singular shape unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Mercedes Benz, says that with its sensual surface design, the upcoming generation of the compact class has the potential to herald a “new design era.” This is probably what he meant with the new “Sensual Purity” design language that has almost completely gotten rid of the “sharp creases” and instead replaced it with more “sensual lines” for a flawless finish. We’ve also noticed it to be taking some of the newly updated AMG GT design cues particularly on the vertical slats along the front grille.
Rumors imply that there will also be an all-new four door model in the lineup destined for its North American consumers. In relation to this, the company is also considering a long wheelbase, 7-seater crossover bound for its Chinese market--- but maybe we’ll find out for sure about that at the 2017 Auto Shanghai this coming April.
Since the company is planning to introduce a new compact sedan by 2018, we think the latest styling cues will play a big role in the German automaker’s vision of compact car design. If such a design sculpture would be implemented, certainly, we’ll be expecting to see them on Mercedes- Benz’s two new A-Class sedans within the next 3 years. Aside from these, the new styling principle will also make it on the latest B-Class, GLA and CLA models including the CLA Shooting Brake and perhaps even with the new crossover segment.
For now, what we’ve only seen are some stolen snapshots for the new generation A-Class and GLA compact models while being tested. The A-Class hatch, which will be unveiled sometime in 2018, will be among the new compact segments that will be using the Mercedes-Benz MFA (Modular Front Architecture). If ever, it will be pitted against the BMW 1-Series and also with the new Audi A3 model. Meanwhile, the 2020 GLA will probably come out much later and will be competing against the BMW X1 as well as with an Audi Q3 compact SUV. Better hold on to your seats!