The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-class has been laid bare in this latest collection of official photos. The Mercedes A-class was officially revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this month. The third-generation model has a conventional hatchback silhouette and forgoes the tall, one-box MPV-like statue of previous versions.
Sitting on the German car maker’s new MFA (modular front architecture) platform, the new car has been re-engineered from the ground up. “It’s completely new, down to the last detail,” says Mercedes boss, Dieter Zetsche.
The latest A-class adopts a heavily sculptured look with a bullish front end dominated by wide, two slat grille, angular LED flaunting headlamps and distinctive bumper styling, a relatively short bonnet owing to the transverse placement of its engines, prominent feature lines along the flanks, rising waistline and a rear end bookmarked by uncharacteristic (for Mercedes) shaped LED taillamps and angled rear window shadowed by a large spoiler within the top of the tailgate.
Dimensionally, the new A-class is greatly altered over the model it replaces; length is up by 487mm at 4292mm, width increases by 15mm to 1780mm and height drops a considerable 163mm. A claimed drag co-efficient of just 0.26 is class-leading.
Mercedes-Benz chief, Dieter Zetsche told Autocar he expects half of all A-class sales to go to newcomers to the brand. He said: "This is not just a rational car but emotional and technological one too. The styling wows you and the connectivity is unrivalled. New buyers will come to the family, perhaps younger ones, young at heart ones and more women."