Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class rendered as a cabriolet

Article by Christian A., on April 27, 2017

The 2017 Shanghai Auto Show was dominated mainly by crossovers but that doesn't stop Mercedes-Benz from stepping out with a cool new update for the S-Class. During the event, the German automaker has also showed off the much anticipated Concept A Sedan, its first ever small four-door A-Class model with a coupe-like rear end.

If there’s more, Gorden Wagener, Mercedes’ head of design hinted about its latest design language during last week’s exhibit. In a statement, Wagener said that the design era of creases has finally reached its end. With that being the case, we’ll be seeing lesser lines and more rounded surfaces on their upcoming models. Sounds very promising isn't it?

Mercedes-Benz as we know, is looking to expand its current compact car lineup following the successful launch of the GLA, the CLA Shooting Brake, the CLA, the B-Class and the A-Class models. If ever, the new Concept A will be Mercedes Benz’s answer to Audi’s A3 Sedan and the BMW 1 Series. Taking its cues from the latest AMG GTs, the Concept A is also seen to represent Mercedes’ upcoming smaller car range. Still, how about a convertible version of the A-Class? This was rendered by Aksyonov Nikita and honestly, it looks amazing.

Going back to the sedan, the concept measures 58 inches wide, 74 inches tall and 180 inches long. Though it uses the same modular front wheel drive architecture as those on Mercedes Benz’s current compact vehicles, the Concept A is much smaller than the current CLA model.

In contrast, the concept car measures 1.18 inches lower, 3.66 wider and 2.76 shorter. All the same, the Concept A comes with a higher belt line which is further enhanced by Mercedes-AMG’s Panamericana grille design. The front end is also flanked by chrome bars and two power domes along the hood.

With the exception of the concept’s highly futuristic headlights, it is very likely that the production model will take the same proportions and shape of the study. The concept’s headlamps are coated with UV paint that changes its colors based on the lights at the surrounding. The daytime running lights on the other hand remain white during the day. Nevertheless, it also comes with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, full panoramic sunroof while the windows come with dark films for more privacy.

Like it or not, it seems the German automaker will once again embark in the compact car segment real soon. Mercedes-Benz has in fact sold over 2 million compact cars globally since 2012. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if the German automaker will bring forth a production version of the compact sedan sometime in the near future.


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