The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to be a new entry-level model for the German luxury automaker. Although the model has existed as a sporty hatchback in the European market, the vehicle is expected to debut in the U.S. as a completely new sedan.
According to a report by Automotive News, the car will be positioned below the current CLA-Class. Details haven't been announced yet, but we're currently expecting something along the lines of the Mercedes-Benz Concept A that debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show.
In terms of design, the Concept A features a muscular front end with distinctive new headlights. Its grille features long vertical chrome lines punctuated by a large center emblem. "Powerdomes" in the hood signal something sportier than what we're used to seeing in this segment.
The unusual headlights are based on a grid treated with UV paint that glow different colors depending on the situation. However, depending on compliance standards for real-world use here in the States, there's no guarantee that the production version will get this feature.
Engine choices are still a mystery at the moment. The CLA features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 208 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful variant called the CLA45 AMG offers 375 hp and 350 lb-ft with more aggressive looks inside and out. Will the A-Class offer similar performance? That remains to be seen.