During the unveiling of the new Mercedes Benz A-Class Concept, Mercedes Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche announced that from next year, four new compact models will launch, initially starting with the new Mercedes Benz A-Class.
The new car will be in showrooms from next year, marking a new design direction from Mercedes Benz.
The design adds new dynamism into the third generation Mercedes Benz A-Class in an attempt to provide stronger competition to the BMW 1 Series.
The Mercedes Benz A-Class concept is powered by a BlueEFFICIENCY turbocharged 2 litre four cylinder petrol engine, and produces 210bhp, nearly twice as powerful as the current A-Class.
A radar based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist is a new feature, and is a first in a car of this size. The system provides the drive with both visual and audible warnings, and prepares the braking pressure needed for when the driver hits the brake pedal.
The styling of the Mercedes Benz A-Class concept was first seen last year with the F800 Style at the Geneva Motor show, part of design boss Gorden Wagener's 'Bionic' styling language, which will also dictate the design of new Mercedes Benz saloons which will be launched over the coming years.
The Mercedes Benz A-Class' profile features two strong lines which help emphasise the coupe like character of the car, providing a more purposeful appearance than the outgoing model.Published 19 April 2011