Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Concept Cars 9 Apr 2011
Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

At the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show Mercedes-Benz will unveil the Concept A-Class, a design study with a design inspired by wind and waves and a new front-drive architecture. It will serve as a basis for future models.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class The exterior design is based on the concept of “concentrated dynamism”. It features a long hood, a low silhouette and slim window areas.

The surface treatment is characterized by defined edges and the interplay between lines and surfaces, inspired by wind, waves as well as aviation engineering.

From a technical standpoint, the Concept A-Class features a new platform that combines a front-wheel drive system with a transverse mounted 2.0liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 155 kW (210 hp), coupled with a dual clutch transmission.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Other highlights include the Collision Prevention Assist, a radar-based collision warning system integrated with the adaptive Brake Assist.

From the official Press Release:

Exterior Design

The side view is structured by three prominent 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 coupé-like character. A further line extends upwards from the rear wheel arch in a sweeping curve.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-ClassIn the front end the brand logo appears to be surrounded by a starry sky.

Where there are usually apertures or louvres, the radiator grille consists of numerous metallic silver “dots” on black stems.

This theme is reflected in the design of the wheels.

A very special effect is created by the lights of the Concept A-Class, as the innovative full-LED high-performance headlamps repeat the starry sky motif with numerous lighting points.

The daytime running lamps consist of 90 optical fivers with aluminum sleeves, and they are arranged in a wing-shape within the headlamp.

Interior Design

Inside, the dashboard features an aircraft wing-shape and a translucent, stretchable textile lining that leaves the bionic, cellular structure of the component visible.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Interior Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Interior

TMercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Seatshe shape of the air vents in the dashboard is reminiscent of a jet aircraft engine. The displays in the instrument cluster are inspired by the afterburner of a jet engine.

The central control unit is designed as a modern flight panel, with the shift lever taking the form of a “reverse thrust control”.

A smartphone is fully integrated into the operating concept of the Concept.

All the applications, services and features can be operated via COMAND Online.

Dynamically varied glass elements are illuminated by magenta-colored light to form three-dimensionally arranged navigation levels.

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