Rendered: 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class rendering

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class rendering

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The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class are having a rough gestation and subsequently have seen their respective release dates pushed back because of problems with securing a final design for their new platform. The cars were originally expected to debut at the end of the decade but because Mercedes-Benz couldn’t find a partner to share development work the new models are now likely to arrive in late 2011.

Mercedes-Benz was hoping to co-develop new engines and platforms for the cars with BMW but the talks ended abruptly because officials deemed the synergies from such a partnership were too small to make the deal worthwhile. Instead, Mercedes-Benz is developing its own platforms and powertrains for the new compact models and will also focus on keeping costs low. One of its key strategies is to move production from the current Rastatt plant in Germany to a low cost site in Eastern Europe--Kecskemét, Hungary to be exact.

The cars will be built on a new front-wheel drive platform codenamed MFA (Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture), which drops the former sandwich construction for a more conventional car-like design. Styling for both cars will be influenced by last year’s BlueZERO range of concept cars as previewed in this latest computer-generated rendering depicting the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

According to German sources there will likely be the regular hatch, a mini-SUV and possibly a compact roadster and four-door coupe as well.

The main reason Mercedes-Benz is increasing the number of fuel-efficient compact models it sells is not only to help its bottom line but also to reduce its fleet-average emissions.

The automaker is yet to confirm either the A- or B-Class for U.S. consumption but both are being considered and given the effects of CAFE regulations you can be certain at least one of them will be.

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Comments (11)
  1. Lower?
    I doubt that will be a good thing. At least in Germany the A-Class is popular with older people that don't want to climb into a car.

  2. If that rendering is what the car will look like then i have just found the car for my wife...very nice !

  3. Nix Cars

  4. has anyone noticed that the brown colored Mercedes is a face lifted c class too? also is that color available on the current 2009 model? that color is really gorguoes !

  5. merc need something to properly compete with an a3, 1 series etc... the a class smelt like a bag of dead mongooses

  6. Pretty banal. If that is informed speculation, let's send it back to design for a rework.

  7. The A Class is a failure, always was and always will be.

  8. Someone from the school of Bangle has moved to Mercedes..

  9. This car is a soo good. I like it.

  10. @guruz Spot on, and not just in Germany. I stopped buying E's and C's when I reached 64 and bought an A180. If MB want to sell S1 BMW's why don't they just buy them and stick on the star, they were happy to do it with the engine. It looks like my A180 is my last Mercedes.

  11. I am not really certain why but I really do not care for this vehicle. And why didn't Mercedes and BMW partner again? I would like to see what the two German rivals could come up with.

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