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

Mercedes-Benz is showing off its Concept A-Class in both New York and Shanghai. Now comes word that the baby Benz is officially earmarked for sale in the United States. The crew from Car and Driver cornered the German automaker's higher-ups and got the good news. No word yet on a timetable for the arrival of the production version, however we do know that Mercedes is working on additional bodystyles.

While we certainly won't get all of the dramatic styling touches of the Concept A-Class, the version for the masses will take cues from the aggressive front-end. After the initial launch, Mercedes-Benz will bring us a five-door hatchback and a shapely-sedan modeled in the CLS vein.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: Car and Driver]

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      Kevin Baker
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are you guys talking about!? That grille appears to bend and manipulate gravity as it forces it's way through! It's awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is gorgeous, I can't wait to see it on our streets! I hope that too much doesn't change in the transition from concept to production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would hate to have to clean that grill after it becomes the graveyard for an entire colony of flying bugs...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it 'confirmed' for the US just like the B-Class was years ago? Expecting a small MB is a bit like waiting for small diesels from any company other than VW/Audi
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another signifier that Audi are 'tards vis-à-vis the A1!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Goofy grill aside, the body proportions and lines of the window look very good for an A-segment car. Unfortunately, it's usually the proportions that change the most when a car goes from concept to production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im a Benz nut, but im unsure about this... I mean, I guess it's ok as long as it's NOTHING like the current A class, and more like the hatch coupe sex thing here... but I mean... can we call it something other than "A" class. maybe... uhm.. Ck class? (meaning compact short) I dunno. I got nothing. I like the lineup as is... well... without the R class.
      Travis R L
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it would be better without the trippy pinpoint grill on the front. and real brake rotors.. these look like the cardboard TVs you see in furniture stores.
      • 4 Years Ago
      love it ,but i prefer last generation which is a family friendly hatchback and afforable
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it too break down when unveiled officially??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would totally buy this over an A3...waiting for that FWD BMW, lets see what they have to offer..
      • 4 Years Ago
      PLEASE let this also mean that the BMW 1-series hatch will come to the US too......!!!
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