The stealthy guys over at WCF manged to get the very first photos of the next generation 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Previous drawings of the 5-door Mercedes A-Class were seen in the patent filing which match up to what we see in the spy photos. The body design of the 5-door A-Class shows a similar shape to that of the Mercedes-Benz 3-door A-Class Concept that debuted at Auto Shanghai.
Overall, the shape of this 2012 A-class looks very similar to the BMW 1-series, moving away from the current MPV shaped A-Class and upcoming new B-Class.
Mercedes is using the 2012 A-Class to insert themselves as a direct competitor to the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3 while the next-generation B-Class, that will be offering an SUV variant, will be used to go up against the successful BMW X1.