It may be a front-wheel-drive compact underneath, but the A-class concept is liquid lust.
With automakers from St. Petersburg to Seoul presenting show cars heralded as the future of wheeled urban logistics, the Mercedes-Benz A-class concept taking the stand at this year s New York auto show is a breath of fresh air. (It also will be simultaneously unveiled at the Shanghai auto show .) There are no electric motors spinning the rubber here a conventional engine and transmission motivate the curvaceous car. It previews Benz s upcoming competitor for the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW 1-series.
Auto-Show Styling Mostly
Benz s first preview of its next-gen small cars came via the F800 Style concept. and this A-class concept moves the design language one step closer to reality. Still, despite this car s connection to an actual future product, don t expect everything from the concept on the stand in New York to be duplicated in production.
Among the A-class s pure auto-show fantasies: the LED-lit turn signals delicately integrated into the sliver of a mount for the side-view mirrors and the star-filled sky pattern on the grill and lower air dam. The same can be said for the wheels very cool, but very much not happening.
Other aspects of the concept s design are no less bold but more realistic. The prominent strake starting behind the front wheel and sweeping up to the top of the rear fender is abrupt; it could be toned down for the real deal, and the same goes for the AMG-esque hood strakes. The elegant side-window profile recalls those on several Mercedes coupes, and the ginormous headlights, which here are illuminated by LEDs and integrate fiber-optic daytime running lights, are straight outta the CLS.