The Big Clue that the U.S. may get the new A-Class Mercedes is that the concept will debut at the New York Auto Show, as well as Shanghai. This is a ground-breaking car for Benz, yet if it does come to the U.S., to sell in what’s called the “entry-level premium compact class,” it will face stiff competition from cars like the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series.
The Big Question is whether Americans are ready to spend big bucks on a refined, fairly posh small car. The concept A-Class has a 210-hp transverse-mounted turbo four, a new dual-clutch transmission, and all the Mercedes goodies you’d expect (like a radar-based collision warning system, adaptive Brake Assist, and a new front-drive architecture).
Styling: Here come the Bangle swoops, flames, and curves again. You will either love ‘em or hate ‘em. From a sampling of blog comments, it looks like most people like the car’s looks. I think it’s refreshing to see Benz take this route, and it looks like a baby CLS. More pix after the break.
The Mercedes press release says the car looks “as though it might have come from another planet.” That’s just another silly way for their PR people to pump its looks. I’d still buy one, but if it costs much over $35K, the competition will be fierce.
Do you like the styling of the Mercedes A-Class concept, or not?