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Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination – Click above for high-res image gallery

Things are looking up for the much ballyhooed Mercedes-Benz A-Class. While most of the motoring world has been wincing since the Silver Arrow said that it would be reworking its compact segment entry, rumor has it that the German manufacturer is actually contemplating incorporating design cues from a handful of its more successful concepts into the look of the new pint sizer. According to The Detroit Bureau, the A-Class will borrow heavily from both the F800 and Concept Fascination prototypes. We're not sure whether that means that the final product will be available in both four-door and hatchback trims or if the real deal will simply be a mash-up of the two. Either way, we're expecting good things here.

The Concept Fascination Prototype first hit the scene back in 2008 and immediately piqued the interest of anyone with a long-roof loving bone in their body. With a long, arching roof line and aggressive rear flanks, the car was all things right in the wagon world. Meanwhile, the F800 surfaced more recently – at this year's Geneva Motor Show – and wears the corporate nose we see all over the majority of the Mercedes-Benz stable. Blend the two, shrink it to scale, and you probably have a pretty good idea of what the upcoming A-Class will look like. At least that's what we're hoping.




[Source: The Detroit Bureau]
Concept Fascination photos by Jonathan Ramsey / Copyright ©2008 Weblogs, Inc.
F800 photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice

      How much? RWD or FailWD? Engine? Obviously not complete, but the only way they can make this design fail is if they pull a B-Class, what a horrid vehicle.

      1-series, A3 (perfect just Quattro made it over priced) and you scratched your head with what the point of the B-class was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Fascination looks GREAT. One of M-B's best designs in ages.
      The F800 on the other hand, like every other M-B recently, looks horrible.

      Hopefully any A-class will be more Fascinating than 800.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish them luck in translating the design language of a low slung concept car to a short stubby city car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the next generation C-Class bound to grow in size, I could see this being the new entry level vehicle for MB. Clearly if they went the way of the A3, starting with a FWD chassis and adding AWD along with a potent 2.0T engine they'd have a very competitive rival. The A and B class models have never been on US shores before, but if MB made something very similar to the Concept Fascination Prototype I could see it selling in large numbers. Americans don't hate hatchbacks, they just have to be truly appealing visually for anyone to want one. Then again, this could be another entry under the new C-Class which is due in about a year or so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An interesting and pleasing style trend from Mercedes Benz!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty good but that fat, awkward C pillar somehow reminds me of a hearse. Still, if this sets out to rival the Golf... Id love to see an AMG version :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a cross between the E and CLS.

      Too bad Hyundai beat them to their front end with the Sonata:
      http://www.epinions.com/content_504784391812
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nicholiservia

        The car pictured up top was around before the new Sonata.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doesn't matter, its still a LOL Hyundai LOL