New A-Class Concept Unveiled

Posted: April 12, 2011 in News, Pictures
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Mercedes look set to rival Mini with the unveiling of their new Concept A, which will be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show taking place later on this month.  At first glance, you can hardly believe that it’s descended from the same ultra-utilitarian A Class you currently see running around.

First up, the specs: a new four-cylinder turbo engine with a twin-clutch automatic ‘box and 210bhp.  The range will have smaller engines as well, including a 1.6 diesel.

Inside the car you have four individual seats, with an aluminium centre rail going the length of the cabin.  The overall concept hinges, apparently, around the inspiration of jet planes, as the vents are “reminiscent of jet engines”, the red instruments are “inspired by afterburners”, the whole dash “has the shape of an aircraft wing” and the gear selector “takes the form of a reverse-thrust lever”.

A bit of healthy competition for Mini, if done right, could spark off something interesting, let’s just hope that the finished product doesn’t look too much like a flashy Corsa / Focus… Now enjoy the pictures.

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