Mercedes-Benz has premiered what its contender in the growing global premium compact car segment will look like in the A-Class concept.
The concept car, which will hit the European market next year, comes with long bonnet, low silhouette and slim window areas.
"We use the term 'captured energy' to express the sheer dynamism exuded by the Concept A-Class," said Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener. "Our formal sources of inspiration were the wind and waves, as well as aviation engineering, resulting in this 'cool' look."
According to Mercedes-Benz, the next-generation A-Class will feature a world's first in the compact class by equipping it with a radar-controlled collision warning system with adaptive brake assist. Known as the Collision Prevention Assist system, it reportedly helps reduce the risk of a rear-end collision.
"We will offer this system as standard in our new generation of compact cars," said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler AG and the chief of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "And, because our customers expect cars that demand no compromise, we are building nothing less than the Mercedes of the compact segment, with all the benefits that typically set our vehicles apart--from safety to quality and comfort through to cultivated sporting character and expressive design."
Powering the Concept A-Class is a 2.0-liter BlueEFFICIENCY power unit that generates 155hp with minimal emissions and fuel consumption. Paired to it is a three-shaft, dual-clutch transmission that has seven forward gears which are shifted automatically with no interruption in tractive power, making it economical, sporty and comfortable.