Videos: Mercedes Benz Concept A Class image

Due to be shown for the first time at Auto Shanghai later this month is the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class, no doubt a very strong indication of the next A-Class due for production in 2012.

The car is a departure from other A-segment vehicles and from earlier Mercedes A-Class machines that tended to look at best like tiny vans and at worst like wheeled luggage.

The exterior forms of the Concept A-Class pick up on the theme of the current Mercedes design laid out by the company’s design chief, Gorden Wagener: “the combination of defined edges and free interplay.”
The hood, surmounting a traverse-mounted, direct-injection, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, is prominent in such a small car.

The car’s dashboard, meanwhile, has “the shape of an aircraft wing and a translucent, stretchable textile lining” allowing “the bionic, cellular structure of the component to remain visible.” Take a loo at the videos and let us know what you think