Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce Concept A-Class hatchback


Looks like Mercedes-Benz is bringing the sexy to a younger audience. It plans to introduce a Concept A-Class model at the Shanghai Auto Show this month. From the look, the Concept A-Class will certainly be in competition with the 2012 BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.

The last version of the A-Class concept, Mercedes-Benz had it designed like a minivan, but this new A-Class takes a drastic turn; it is sporty looking with a low roof-line and a hatchback look.  The three-door Concept A-Class hatchback features concave surfaces with sweeping lines throughout the body.

Like most Mercedes-Benz cars, the Concept A-Class hatchback comes with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist and the optical fiber daytime running lamps.

Within the interior, the Concept A-Class is futuristic looking with individual seating for four, but we don’t think that it will likely be in the production form.

As for the powertrain, the Concept A-Class is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct-injection. Power is expected to be around 210 horsepower, and it is transferred to the front wheels with the help of a new dual clutch transmission.

Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce three more versions based on the A-Class’ MFA architecture. This will probably be a sedan, coupe, and crossover versions.