• Mar 14th 2011 at 1:31PM
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The first sketch of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has made its way to the internets, and judging by the look of things, the vehicle may appear much sportier than the styling buck we saw back in January. According to Autoblog.it, the A-Class will likely make its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, and when it does, it may bring along lines borrowed from the sports-coupe playbook. Toward the rear of the vehicle, the artists at the Silver Arrow appear to have thrown in a beltline that kicks up toward the rear hatch. Likewise, the roof of the A-Class leans down as it approaches the back glass.

Those details were all but absent in the clay buck nabbed by our spy photographers just a few weeks ago. That creation wore a much more functional, boxy design. Regardless of which look wins out, odds are buyers can expect to find both five-door and three-door hatch configurations when the baby Benz finally lands in dealer showrooms.

Under the hood, rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz will bolt in a number of fuel-savvy engines, though rumored AMG iteration may pack up to 270 horsepower.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      typical flamboyant designer sketch. I'd bet the real car looks much more like the styling buck, if not exactly like it. Under the wraps could be seen that uprising side line. The current A class had a very cool double floor platform, groundbreaking in ways, when it was first introduced. I wonder if it will be part of the new car as well?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot damn...that's what a hatchback is supposed to look like.

      Now awaiting to see how much of it gets dumbed-down for the production model. *fingers crossed that sketch is a go for at least the AMG version*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mmmmm. Looks delicious, especially compared to the hideous A-class of yore. That`s a 360 in the design department.

      Benz: the power to surprise... with design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not to be a Donald downer, but this illustration is moot because it won't look remotely as sporty in production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice! But those wheels, although exaggerated for concept drawings, look cartoonishly oversized.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HOT! Though that looks like the AMG version.

      Can't wait to see what the AMG B-Class/CLC will look like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      thankfully i have been around long enough to know that there'll be a gazillion sketches for this model and here we have one of them. if i was a kid i'd be bouncing off the roof, alas as an adult its merely an "ok so thtas nice, can we see it in the flesh now? thought not"...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks pretty damn good from that sketch.

      Also, a 270HP AMG A-Class!?! Sounds good to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      at first glance it reminded me of the now defunct mazda style (nagare ?)
      but i still love the new corporate benz grille !
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