The 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been spawning rumors for well over a year now, including talk of a 320-horsepower AMG variant. But today, we may have a first peek at what the car will look like. Unfortunately the A-Class still isn't planned for our streets.

Unfortunately, that is, if you're into premium small cars. America's choices are limited, but growing, in that segment, so there's a chance we'll see the A-Class eventually. For now, compact luxury lovers will simply have to admire from afar.

And admire they will--judging by the sketch here, the new A-Class is going to drop its somewhat frumpy micro-van looks for a more aerodynamic and aggressive profile. The front end is increasingly familiar, as the nose spawned by the SLS AMG spreads throughout the lineup. The fast A-pillar, high belt line, and dynamically styled sides and rear are particularly attractive. We all know how things can go wrong between the stylist's page and the production line, however.

All we know at this point is that a 320-plus-horsepower turbocharged Mercedes-Benz hatchback with sharp looks makes for a tempting--if likely expensive--package.

[Autopareri via Autoblog.it]