A special guest is coming to Shanghai this time – the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class sporting a magnificent starry design, which is announced to “usher in a new compact class era at Mercedes-Benz”.
The inspiration for the exterior came from the wind and the waves and aviation engineering, and at it continues the design line started with the F800 Style presented two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show. The most attention grabbing design cues are the radiator grille, which consists of numerous little metallic silver dots giving an impression of a starry sky, and the headlights repeating this theme in LED variation. The wheels also join this composition, with rims which have a ‘dotty’ design as well.
The high point of the interior is the dashboard shaped as an aircraft wing with the same-styled air outlets, and the stretchable textile finishing is translucent to show off the bionic cellular structure of the material under it.
Under the hood of this looker there is a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the new M270 series with turbocharging and direct injection, engineered with Blue-efficiency technology. This unit produces 155 kW (210 hp) and it’s coupled with a new house DCT, which powers the front axle.
Safety is provided by a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist keeping under check the space in front and behind the vehicle and warning the driver with a visual and acoustic signal to prevent the rear-end collisions.