The good people over at the European Patent Office have gone above and beyond their duties and leaked the first photos of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The Concept Mercedes A-Class was presented in Shanghai and today, the first pictures show the production model as a five-door hatchback with subtle styling. The overall design closely mimics the BMW 1-Series, but the front end is distinguished by a long hood, LED-infused headlights and a two-bar grille.
No one has managed to smuggle out interior photos yet, but according to Mercedes, the car will have a luxurious cabin with a high-tech COMAND system that offers downloadable apps.
The entry-level 1.2 liter A-Class engines will come from Mercedes’ new tie-up with Renault , and the 1.4-liter petrol and a 1.6-liter diesel will be getting engines from the French firm. The rest of the all-four-cylinder line-up will be sourced from Mercedes, with the 1.8-liter direct injection petrol and 2.1 liter diesel.
An AMG unit A22 is also in the pipeline, using a 270bhp. The A-Class Mercedes model will become the second to feature a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard, after the SLS AMG.