At the Shanghai Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new Concept A Sedan.
Providing a new outlook of the next generation of their compact vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the Concept A Sedan in Shanghai.
Currently, Mercedes’ compact vehicle family consists of the A-Class hatch, the CLA, the CLA Shooting Brake, the GLA SUV and the B-Class, all of which are based on the MFA- Modular Front-Drive Architecture. This range has proved to be such a global success for Mercedes that they have decided to potentially extend the range with a more practical sedan with the introduction of an all new generation. The new generation of their compact vehicles will be based on an improved version of the current architecture, called the MFA2 platform. The first vehicle introduction on the MFA2 platform will be the new A-Class hatchback slated to be revealed later this year.
Despite the fat that Mercedes offers the CLA which features a coupe like sloping roof line, the new Concept A Sedan hints at a potential A-Class sedan which will be more practical. The concept in quite similar in size to the CLA, with length that measures up to 4,570mm, is 1,870mm wide and a height of 1,462 mm. The concept however has a more upright C-pillar, taller side windows and a high beltline in addition to shorter overhangs which could mean a longer wheelbase resulting to more room in the cabin.
However, the concept also features the new AMG style Panamerica front grille and it also features flush door handles and the grid-structure in the head lamps which are unlikely to make it to production.
At the rear, the tail lamps are more sculpted to be more striking. The concept features a diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper with a chrome strip that emphasises the width of the car. The diffuser also has integrated exhaust deflectors finished in dark chrome with a large panoramic glass roof.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet confirmed if the concept will spawn an A-Class sedan, but if it does make it production it will compete against the likes of the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series sedan with the former being solely targeted for the Chinese market. If the sedan makes it to production, a convertible may also be on the cards.