Mercedes’ all-new A-class hatchback will stay true to the rakish concept at the recent Shanghai motor show, judging by these exclusive first spy shots of the production car.
The German luxury giant is turning the new 2012 A-class into a high-quality, sporty mainstream rival for forthcoming BMW 1-series and Audi A3 replacements.
Spied here in testing in Europe, the biggest change for the production A-class over the three-door Vision A concept is the addition of rear doors.
The production A-class retains the concept’s narrow glasshouse and sharply raked front windscreen and A-pillars. The roofline is not as sharply raked as the near-coupe-like angle of the concept’s, although it is a world apart from the boxy styling of the previous two A-classes from Mercedes.
The role of the current A-class as a spacious, yet compact family car in the Mercedes’ line-up will be filled by the all-new B-class. This is a much more familiar monobox and will share its front-drive underpinnings with the A-class.