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2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spy shot – Click above for high-res image gallery

As the smallest member of the Mercedes-Benz line, the A-Class has had a tough time earning much credibility or respect. That could change, though, if the German automaker were able to inject a dose of stylishness and sportiness into the next design, and it appears it may be doing exactly that.

Spy photographers managed to snap off a set of images that appear to show a quarter-scale styling buck of the next-gen A-Class (codename W176), and it's much lower and more agressive than ever before, complete with some 2012 CLS in the flanks and fascia. As you can see from the green car in the background, Mercedes-Benz appears to be using its BlueZero F-Cell Concept as a basis for the small hatchback's overall proportions.

Rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz will incorporate thee- and five-door models into the A-Class pipeline, along with a possible crossover to take on the likes of the BMW X1. There could even be an AMG version of the little front-wheel drive machine, with as much as 270 horsepower. Reports indicate that the next B-Class will be based on the same architecture.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      somethings a little off.... What's up with that front wheel and the fender clearance?
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW THAT side character line isn't fake is it?I think they brought the whole idea from F Zero Concept.I thought that if that concept to be released, it would take them until 2020.They became adventurous again like in the past.Wasn't expecting the A class but it came out really nice.Want to buy it really bad.=0=;;
      • 4 Years Ago
      expecting=anticipating lol;;;;;
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too much Bangle in there. Where's the Mercedes?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, who knew the Dodge Caliber would be such a design trend setter!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of M-B's currently styling, but this A-class looks pretty decent.

      Then again, it could very well be simply a concept, and a production model would look much more plain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look more like the 1/4 scale model of their Blue Zero E-Cell concept hatchback, which actually is sitting right behind it in that photo. Before the full size, there was the 1/4 scale!


      A and B class styling will be influenced by the E-Cepp concept nevertheless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like a 1/5th scale model instead of 1/4th.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks more like the B-Class, which is due out first followed by the A-Class a year later. The rumours so far have suggested the B will retain the MPV styling, and the A will be a conventional hatchback.