Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Preview

April 7, 2011

Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz plans to usher in a new era of compact cars with the debut of the Concept A Class at the upcoming New York and Shanghai Auto Shows. Actually, New York is designated as the “world premiere” for the stunning compact luxury car.

Mercedes-Benz says the design of the front-wheel drive Concept A-Class was inspired by “wind and waves” as well as aviation engineering. Translate that to mean fluid and aerodynamically efficient.

Power for the Concept A-Class comes from a variant of the new M270 series, a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 210 horsepower. The BlueEFFICIENCY engine is paired with a dual-clutch transmission.

Along with great looks and expected fuel efficiency, the Concept A-Class features a first in the compact class – radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist to lower the risk of rear-end collisions.

Inside the vehicle, the cockpit sports a dashboard in the shape of an aircraft wing. Other jet-inspired accents appear in the air vents, instrument cluster, center console and shift lever.

What does Mercedes-Benz mean when it says the “Concept A-Class previews a new compact class era” at the automaker? Will it be one year or less before concept makes it to production? We’ll have to wait and see.

As more details are available, FamilyCarGuide, along with TheCarConnection and MotorAuthority, will bring them to you. For now, check out additional coverage of the Concept A Class on TheCarConnection.

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