Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class at New York, Shanghai Auto Shows

2011 New York Auto Show


  • Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Picture

    Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Picture

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept car will be introduced concurrently at the 2011 New York and Shanghai auto shows. | April 05, 2011

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2011 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • A conceptual forerunner of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact, due in 2012, will be introduced concurrently at the 2011 New York and Shanghai auto shows.
  • The Concept A-Class features a 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission.
  • The automaker's selection of New York as a joint introductory venue suggests Mercedes is seriously considering bringing the next-generation A-Class to the States.

MONTVALE, New Jersey — A conceptual forerunner of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact, due in 2012, will be introduced concurrently at the 2011 New York and Shanghai auto shows.

Company executives previously have hinted that the next A-Class might come to the U.S., and the choice of New York as a joint introductory venue with Shanghai supports that notion.

The exterior design of the Concept A-Class looks dramatically different from that of the current production model, which is not marketed in North America. The latter was designed originally with a unique "sandwich" platform that was engineered to accommodate a variety of drivetrains, including a pure electric system. The next-generation A-Class, as embodied in the concept, shifts to a more conventional transverse front-wheel-drive layout.

Powering the concept is a four-cylinder gasoline engine from the automaker's M270 BlueEfficiency family. The engine is a 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection unit, driving the front wheels through a dual-clutch transmission.

The Concept A-Class also features a radar-based collision warning system that provides visual and acoustic warnings to the driver and is bundled with adaptive brake assist to help reduce the risk of a rear-end collision.

In addition to LED headlamps and fiber-optic daytime running lamps, the concept adds an integrated smartphone, with functions displayed as 3D apps and operated by the car's rotary/push controller.

Edmunds.com says: Look for the production version in U.S. showrooms within the next year or two. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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