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2012 Mercedes A-Class: First Sketch

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Mercedes A-Class - First Sketch

This may well be the first sketch of the 2012 Mercedes A-Class, but with the 2012 A-Class likely to surface at the Shanghai Motor Show next month it seems highly likely we’re in for a run of ‘leaked’ information on the new baby Mercedes.

This sketch of the 2012 A-Class is supposed to have ‘leaked’ from Mercedes, but we rather sense the antics of Mercedes PR. Which is exactly what you’d expect with a major launch at a major motor show looming.

The sketch shows a new A-Class which is a million miles away from the current car. Mercedes are aiming the new A and B Class cars at a much younger market and away from the retired/downsize target of the current range of cars.

Gone is the old ‘Sandwich’ construction of the current cars and in comes a range of A and B Class cars based on Mercedes more conventional platform – the MFA (Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture).

The sketch shows a car very much inspired by the CLS school of Mercedes design, looking like a sporty hatchback come coupe take on the CLS.

But we know that Mercedes are planning a whole raft of body styles for the new A-Class and B-Class. We reported recently on the Mercedes BLS - a B-Class Coupe – and noted that we already know Mercedes have an SUV, Coupe and Shooting Brake planned. We now think there is also a convertible in the planning.

No doubt all will become clear in the next few weeks.

By Cars UK