Friday, April 22, 2011

Following a world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz showed off its dynamic A-Class concept to the crowds of New York, and confirmed that the production model will head to North America.
In Europe, the production A-Class will launch next year. As for the US, Autonews reported that Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars, would not specify a time frame vaguely stating that the A-Class would arrive “some time in this decade.”
The three-door A-Class concept sports an impressive design with lines inspired from the F800 Style study and the latest CLS, however, it remains to be seen if the production model will remain faithful to the radical study. The concept model is built on Mercedes-Benz’s new MFA platform architecture with power being provided by a 210HP 2.0-liter turbocharged unit linked to a dual-clutch transmission.
The same platform will form the based for at least three more body styles in the segment including a five-door hatchback and possibly, roadster and sedan variants. The A-Class will compete against the BMW 1_Series and the Audi A3.


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