Most concept cars these days are powered by electric-motors or feature some type of alternative fuel setup – well, not this one. Meet the new Mercedes-Benz Concept A – a study that provides a strong look at how the company’s future Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series competitor will look – and it looks damn good.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept A features heavy design cues from the F800 Style Concept we saw last year, shrunk and compacted to fit a smaller silhouette. Sadly, as good as this Concept A looks, don’t expect everything you see here to make it into production due to those strict federal safety rules.
Power for the Mercedes-Benz Concept A comes from a transversely mounted 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged, direct-injected engine that produces 210-hp with a maximum torque of 229 lb-ft. That’s the same engine that powers the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250. The engine in the Concept A is mated to a dual-clutch transmission, although Mercedes-Benz won’t say how many gears we have to shift with here.
As we already know, the next-generation A-Class platform will underpin a number of variants including a hatch (like this), a sedan, a baby crossover as well as a high-performance AMG model that should push more than 300-hp.
All we know is that Mercedes-Benz just stole the day with the Concept A. The concept will debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show and we’ll have all the live pictures for you later this month.
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