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Shanghai show: Mercedes outs Concept A Sedan
New direction: The Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan hints at what the next-generation A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA will look like.
Concept A Sedan previews design direction for Mercedes compact family
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19 April 2017
MERCEDES-BENZ has used the Shanghai motor show to preview the design direction
of its next-generation family of compact models, showing a sleeker and more
futuristic look with the reveal of the Concept A Sedan.
According to Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific senior manager public relations,
product and corporate communications David McCarthy, the design of the Concept
A Sedan will likely make its way onto a production model towards the end of
He also confirmed that the sedan body style of the concept would come to
Australia, although he was unable to confirm whether it will be sold as a new
model or as a variant of an existing model.
Measuring 4570mm long, the Concept A Sedan sits between the B-Class and CLA in
terms of length, but is taller and wider than the CLA.
The new sedan is likely to appeal to buyers looking in the compact segment for
a more traditional small sedan, with the swoopy CLA four-door coupe appealing
to people looking for a sportier looking alternative.
The concept eschews the round, bulbous headlight design of the A-Class for a
narrow, sloping design replete with a typically Mercedes long, thin strip along
the top of the light, and an intricate grid structure inside the headlights
that has been coated with UV paint.
When exposed to different forms of light, the headlights can glow in different
The rest of the front fascia borrows a number of design elements from
Mercedes-AMG’s halo GT supercar family, including the Panamerica grille which
was until recently preserved for the GT, and the single, lower air intake with
muscular side vents.
The distinctive grille has since been added to the upcoming GLC63 SUV, but the
new sedan would be the first non-AMG model to wear the look if the design makes
it into production.
It also bears a resemblance to the GT4 concept revealed at the Geneva motor
show, with a similar diffuser, lined bonnet and red colour.
At the rear, the tail-light design is an evolution of the CLA’s lights but with
a more triangular, boxy design that stretches all the way into the license
Other features include the concept’s 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof
and rear diffuser, as well as smoother lines in accordance with Mercedes’
‘Sensual Purity’ design language.
Mercedes-Benz has not revealed what powertrain the Concept A Sedan uses.
When it arrives in Australia the A-Class-based sedan will go head to head with
the likes of the Audi A3 sedan, and could potentially be offered in an
AMG-fettled version that packs a 280kW/475Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four
cylinder that would take the fight to Audi’s RS3 sedan ,which arrives locally
Daimler AG chief design officer Gorden Wagener said the Concept A Sedan
heralded a new design direction for Mercedes-Benz.
“Our Concept A Sedan shows, that the time of creases is over,” he said. “With
its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines,
it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a
new design era.”