Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the Concept A ahead of the Shanghai Motor Show. Concept A previews the brand’s future A Class sedan, but the bigger story with this concept is its design theme, which foreshadows the brand’s future design trends.
Based on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA2 architecture, the Concept A is sharing its bones with the current A Class, B Class, CLA and GLA. That said, the Concept A is about 2.76 inches shorter than the CLA and 1.18 inches shorter in height to create what Mercedes is calling “perfect proportions.”
The well-proportioned design is highlighted by the fact that the day of creases in Mercedes’ sheetmetal is over. Designers have sculpted the sheetmetal on the Concept A differently than other Mercedes models, and even threw in AMG’s Panamericana grille design, which is beginning to proliferate the Mercedes lineup. The grid structure inside each headlight also features ultraviolet paint, which glows in different colors depending on the light around them.
Aside from serving as a design preview to future compact Mercedes-Benz models, there’s not a lot left to say about the Concept A. It is clearly a production-ready concept car, so we’re likely looking at the new A Class sedan, which is rumored to launch sometime in 2018 as a new global product.