Mercedes-Benz is busily pushing development of the company's new A-Class hatchback, and our spy photographers have managed to click a few photos of two vehicles out for a little winter testing. The small five-door is reportedly headed to the U.S. market once it receives an official unveil, though there's no telling whether or not the AMG version we spied back in August will make the journey across The Pond as well. These new shots show off a vehicle that's ditched much of is camo cladding. As a result, we now see the five-door will look very similar to the renderings that surfaced earlier this year.

The corporate Mercedes-Benz grille and pronounced nose will tag along on the A-Class, as will a high beltline and some rather funky side mirrors. It's unclear exactly which drivetrain options will show up once the vehicle lands Stateside, however. Were we to guess, we'd say a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine isn't a bad bet.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's too bad they had to "dumb down" the A class to what appears to be a completely normal compact platform. The original double-floor tall body was avant garde and forward thinking. This just looks like they're building to a price again, instead of "engineering cars like no other," which I thought they were trying to get back to.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, Mercedes! Bring it over to the US and give us an AMG kit! I'm a retired old man and but put me down for one. I like the looks of it.
      Dean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's to hoping that we get an AMG A63!
        Dean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean
        ...and for those of you who are about to jump down my throat about how absurd this would be, please realise that I am well aware of the following: 1 - The engine wouldn't fit 2 - Slight torque steer issue 3 - The nose would drag the pavement 4 - Cost 5 - It'd be stupid as all hell Oh how I wish it was easier to convey sarcasm over the internet...
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      1 series and A3 have nothing to worry about. MB can't make anything that is more fun to drive than Audi or BMW.
        Realist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Somebody's got a rather transparent anti-MB bias. RS cars more fun than AMG's... No, you've got about zero credibility after that comment and obviously have driven neither. Hell even the E63 (5.5l biturbo) is generally rated "more fun" than the F10 M5 by autocar
        Dean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        While not as much fun, I think the AMG cars have a pretty high fun quotient...
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      RWD (I assume?) hot hatch 5 door? damn, this is kind of what Ive always been hoping for. hope it doesnt suck.
      Nihal Kanbargi
      • 3 Years Ago
      wider, lower..it'll be fantastic.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is tiny. Saw a B-Class camoed pre-production running around the other day and it is much taller than the car shown in these pictures. This looks to be about the same size as the A3. Looks pretty decent (from what you can see), except for the size of that three-pointed star . . . that thing's getting WAY too big!
      jdedelman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey guys, please don't act like this is intrepid reporting. The brand, spanking new A-Class Concept car is on display at the Mercedes Benz store on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Just sayin'.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one here who thinks an AMG-tuned A class is complete and utter overkill? A supercharged 4-banger should be enough for such a car. An AMG A class is gonna be completely insane!
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        No, would not be over kill. You don't want it, but someone else does.
          Dean
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Phontsolo
          Very true statement! Too bad more people don't think this way...
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        Couldn't agree MORE. And what would be the take-rate on an AMG-tuned A-Class anyway? Of course the profitability factor would be enough for Merc to bring it to market, knowing that there are enough suckers out there who would bite . . .
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is their competition with this A class? Audi A3? Possibly VW Golf? Anybody hear of a target MSRP?
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        The cars you mentioned plus the 1 series, Lexus CT200h and the upcoming Infiniti C segment car. The Luxury C segment is the fasting growing segment in the luxury field. Being Mercedes, I'm guessing a base msrp in the mid 30's. Unlike Audi, which uses a Golf platform Mercedes does not have a large volume brand to under write the cost of this platform. I've heard we will see a Lincoln C sgement concept sometime this year.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bluetec and/or AWD should added to the plan please
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