2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sketch leaked?
What we don’t know is just what five variants will be launched.
So far we know there will be the B-Class MPV, A-Class Hatchback, and BLS-Class four-door coupe, but the shape of the remaining two variants remains a mystery.
Most suggest they will be a BLK compact crossover and new A-Class roadster, but the guys at Auto Express are reporting that instead of a roadster Mercedes is likely to launch a more conventional convertible model.
This makes sense as a cabriolet, Mercedes’ preferred name for its convertibles, based on the new A-Class would serve as the ideal rival for the likes of the A3 Cabriolet and BMW 1-Series Convertible.
Like the new A-Class, on which it will be based, drive will go to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. A six-speed manual, however, should remain as an option in certain markets.
If we’re lucky, there could also be a high-performance AMG variant packing a 320 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive system.
Sadly, if the reports prove true, sales of an A-Class Cabriolet aren’t likely to start until around 2014 at the earliest.