Coming soon Mercedes-Benz Concept A-class Medium cars


Coming soonMercedes-Benz Concept A-classMedium cars

  • NEW PRICE: From £20,000
  • ON SALE: 2012
Mercedes looks set to ditch the top-heavy box-shape of the current A-class in favour of this stylish, premium, low-silhouette design, which will dip a toe into the waters currently dominated by the VW Golf and Audi A3.

What do I need to know about the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-class?

This Concept A-class was first revealed by Mercedes-Benz simultaneously at the 2011 Shanghai and New York motor shows in April. It’s a conventional front-wheel drive hatchback looking to offer a premium alternative to cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Check out all our reviews of new and used medium cars to see what else the new A-class will compete with.
As with the CLS concept showcased at the Beijing Motor Show in 2010, the Concept A-class is a 'shooting brake' design featuring styling cues taken from Mercedes' F800 Style Concept, revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
The three-door Concept A-class has a profile dominated by two clear lines to enhance the coupe-like looks, and points towards a more conventional, sporting design compared to the ultra-practical A-class of the moment. From the side profile, it is very like the Volkswagen Scirocco.
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The sleek design is a drastic change from the current Mercedes A-class
The flat front-end will bring the A-class in line with other recently facellifted Mercedes’, and the incorporation of LED lights and a ‘starry sky’ grille made from metallic hexagons on black stems further augment the more aggressive styling up front.
On the inside, the design has been heavily influence by aircraft, with what Mercedes is calling a ‘modern flight panel’ centre console and vents that look like jet engines.
It also features some nice technology additions, including a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive braking assist, as used in the current Mercedes-Benz CLS. And there’s a full smartphone integration system, which allows for apps to be used.
Get more information about in-car tech in our car features guide.
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The Concept A-class interior is influenced by aircraft design

What engine does the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-class use?

With many recent concepts housing electric or alternative-fuel engines, Mercedes opted for a conventional petrol engine for the Concept A-class.
The engine is a 208bhp 2.0-litre engine featuring the carmaker’s BlueEfficiency eco technology, but expect a wide variety of powerplants to be available when the new A-class is released.
Want to learn more about eco technology? Read our guides to eco cars and green car technologies.

When can I buy the new Mercedes-Benz A-class?

So when is it being released? We’re predicting early 2012 as a five-door hatchback. In keeping with the premium focus of the concept, the production car is expected to retail from around the £20k mark (a price rise of a few thousand pounds over the outgoing A-class).

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