The Auto Express spies have caputured photos of a 1:4-scale clay model of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class ahead of the full-size version’s reveal later this year.
Despite its size, the design model reveals that Mercedes has toned down the current car’s innovative MPV hatchback body style. The model is clearly inspired by the Mercedes Blue Zero F-Cell concept, which can be seen full-size in green-gold and hidden by a cover.
The clay model shows that the radical LED headlights have been toned down from the concept for the new car, code named W176. The striking creases of the concept have been included – the top one which runs back along the top front of the front wheelarch, references the new CLS, while the larger, which rises from the sills to the taillights adds interesting shadows, helps to make the car look more dynamic.
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 therefore 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.
Three and five-door models will come first, with a small SUV to take on the BMW X1 in the pipeline too. UK A-Class models will be front-wheel-drive, with 4Matic four-wheel-drive models being offered in other markets.
The new A-Class has been designed to appeal to younger buyers. It’ll be cheaper to build than before, thanks to the firm ditching the expensive and complex sandwich floor for a more conventional platform.
The new B-Class will share the same underpinnings, but will be aimed at buyers of the VW Touran and Ford C-MAX, and offered with five or seven seats.
Thanks to Kevin for alerting us to the photos at Auto Express.