Mercedes-Benz already started development of A-Class SUV

Article by Christian A., on March 11, 2013

A senior manager of Mercedes-Benz said that the sub A-class model will have a compact SUV form. This official, who asked to speak anonymously, told Autocar that it has started development on a model that is sized like a Volkswagen Polo and borrows styling elements from the 34-year-old G-class. He also said that they’re considering plans to make a B-segment car with a modern version of the traditional G-class styling.

The company wants to extend the G-class line-up with the Ener-G-Force concept seen at the Los Angeles motor show. This car is included in those plans. Slated to arrive at showrooms in 2016, this compact Mercedes-Benz SUV was developed to go up against a new small Land Rover SUV that was previewed by the DC100 Concept car and a production model of the Volkswagen Taigun Concept.

This vehicle is referred to by insiders as the City-G. It is intended to be built on a joint venture platform developed in an engineering program between Daimler and alliance partner, Renault-Nissan. This structure, which is named as JC1 (joint compact first generation), is meant to support a minimum of two different wheelbase lengths, various track widths and the two front- and four-wheel drive layouts.

The new platform underpins the new B-segment SUV and is believed to be an extension of Mercedes-Benz’s current MFA (modular front architecture) structure. In addition, it’s earmarked for successor models to the present second-generation B-class, newly launched third-generation A-class, the new CLA saloon and soon-to-arrive GLA SUV. The latter one will be bigger and costlier than the City-G.

Mercedes-Benz's A-Class boasts an exterior design that is marked by tautly drawn surfaces and well-defined edges. There is a constant interplay between convex and concave surfaces, creating a characteristic interaction of light, especially along the car's sides. This interplay of light contributes to the unique appearance of the A-Class.

The long and sporty front of the A-Class has typical features that include a pronounced V-shape, a radiator grille bearing the central Mercedes star with double slats to the side of the star, separate headlamps, and additional air intakes on the car's sides. There's also a "dropping line" that's apparent in the car's side profile, which dissipates towards the front end. The headlamps' design, together with their light functions' configuration, are an essential element of the car's design concept.

Moreover, the LEDs and the light modules behind the cover glass of the headlamps were arranged in a way that they create a characteristic "flare effect" that benefits the daytime driving lights as well as the indicators. This signature "flare effect" is composed of the feature line in the headlamp, the bulbs for the indicators, and the daytime running lamps' LED modules. This effect lends an energetic look to the car and helps define a new and very youthful face for Mercedes.

Additionally, the great interplay between excellent aerodynamics and dynamic design is most apparent in the car's roof, with its taut, arcing curve and smooth surfaces. Furthermore, the silhouette of the car reveals smooth and flowing lines that finish in a flat edge.

Meanwhile, the roof spoiler that conveniently hides all aerials gives the roof assembly an extra touch of sportiness as well as structure. Also, the car's beltline rises to its rear, forming a prominent wedge shape.

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