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Concept A Previews Mercedes-Benz's Compact Future

Concept A Previews Mercedes-Benz's Compact Future

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.





 

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  1. member12
    I've decided that the lower grill looks weird, and the back looks like a generic Japanese car. I wouldn't mind Mercedes adopting some of the styling, but this thing needs serious work to really be worthy of the 3 pointed star.

    Downvote.
    member12
    Andrew_L
    Shock! It isn't a crossover!


    Hell has frozen over.
    2b2
    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."
    ...lean and athletic looking...

    ...It also manages to work quite well with FWD proportions...


    at first I thought this looked about C segment which would mean everything was getting bigger

    but

    that "perfect proportions" marketing-speak (BS) makes me think it's probably a 89% SCALE MODEL of the C-crash

    so

    all 90-percentile sized PEOPLE, or bigger, or taller, JUST WON'T FIT

    (see any number of current & former Japanese cars

    or any with 'package-shelf' rearseats)
    megeebee
    It looks like an Audi, like most current Mercedes. Nice enough.
    Andrew_L
    Shock! It isn't a crossover!
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