Meet the Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept, a car which focuses on concentrated dynamism. A long bonnet, low silhouette and slim window areas are a result of the designer's inspiration from the wind and the waves.
Technologically wise the Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept is front wheel drive, powered by a four cylinder petrol engine from the new M720 series. It was designed for transverse installation, and will direct injection and turbocharging, it offers high performance potential with minimal emissions and enhanced fuel consumption. The Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept is equipped with a 2.0 litre variant of the engine, which develops 210hp. This BlueEFFICIENCY unit is combined with the new Mercedes Benz dual clutch transmission.
A world first in the compact class is a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions.This assistance system, Collision Prevention Assist, gives a visual and acoustic warning to a possibly inattentive driver, and prepares Brake Assist for an absolutely precise braking response. This is initiated as soon as the driver emphatically operates the brake pedal.
The Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept' exterior design combines defined edges with free interplay with the body surfaces that we first saw in the F 800 Style. The side profile is defined by three lines: the front structural edge above the front wing forms a dropping line, while the prominent shoulder muscle above the rear axle underlines the car's coupe-like character. A further line extends upwards from the rear wheel arch in a sweeping curve.
The interior of the Mercedes Benz Concept A-Class features a dashboard which, inspired by aviation engineering, is shaped like an aircraft wing and features a translucent, stretchable textile lining, enabling the bionic, cellular structure of the component to remain visible.
A smartphone is fully integrated into the operating concept of the Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept. All the applications, services and features of a digital lifestyle can therefore be operated via COMAND Online. The visual presentation of the display screen elements is unique and revolutionary. Dynamically varied glass elements are illuminated by magenta-coloured light to form three-dimensionally arranged navigation levels.Published 7 April 2011