New York, New York – Mercedes-Benz has presented its Concept A-Class at the New York International Auto Show, which it said is the “beginning of a new generation of smaller vehicles with expressive design.”
The new concept model was also presented at the Shanghai Auto Show in China. Its technical highlights include front-wheel drive, a new 210-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, dual clutch transmission and radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist.
“The Concept A-Class introduces the new Mercedes-Benz design idiom into the premium small car segment in a sculptured, light and expressive interpretation,” said Professor Gorden Wagener, head of design for Mercedes-Benz. “We use the term ‘captured energy’ to express the sheer dynamism exuded by the Concept A-Class. Our formal sources of inspiration were the wind and waves, as well as aviation engineering, resulting in this ‘cool’ look.”
The Concept A-Class shows a theme of defined edges and interacting surfaces, which the company first showed in the F800 Style. Many of the interior features were inspired by aircraft engineering, such as a dashboard and centre console of brushed aluminum structures.