Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan Previews Future Compact Cars

The intriguing new Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan has just been introduced by the German automaker at the Shanghai Auto Show 2017.

Created to previewed the next-generation range of compact vehicles from Mercedes, the Concept A Sedan looks dramatically different to the small A-Class, B-Class and CLA models we are familiar with and is widely thought to directly preview a next-generation A-Class sedan.

The front of the concept is dramatically different than the existing A-Class or CLA models and includes the company’s now trademark Panamerican front grille. It also has been fitted with triangular-shaped headlights with an intrinsic inner design complete with purple illuminated elements. Mercedes says the grid structure found in the headlights has been coated in UV paint and then exposed to ultraviolet light, hence the purple glow. Also at the front is a gaping wide lower air intake with prominent black outer components.

Elsewhere, the Concept A Sedan includes slimline wing mirrors, door handles that sit flush with the body and a floating B-pillar. There’s also muscular front and rear wheel arches and large, 20-inch wheels. The rear quarter panels and fascia are reminiscent of the current CLA but feature much sharper edges and like the front, triangular taillights that taper towards the license plate area.

Speaking about the vehicle, chief designer officer for Daimler AG Gorden Wagener said “Our Concept A Sedan shows that the time of creases is over. With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”


  • TheHake

    The front 3/4 looks good, but I don’t like the rear 3/4.

    • salamOOn

      tail lights and lower side-line rising into the lights are kinda lexus IS inspired….

      • Mill0048

        Yeah a different tail light design would do wonders for this.

        • Nordschleife

          See I love the rear end and the taillights.

          • Mill0048

            I like the rear, and even on second viewing the tail-lights aren’t that bad. They just don’t seem to pop like the front details do.

          • Nordschleife

            Maybe it’s the color of the car being so close to the taillight color but they definitely put more thought into the headlights vs. the taillights.

        • Six Thousand Times

          I dunno, these are better than M-B’s usual “blob” tail lights.

  • The Panamericana grille doesn’t look good and the rear taillights are a little too Audi-ish.

  • Bob

    Seems like car hasn’t noticeable rear bumber, which benz used to have.

  • Toss

    it’s really ugly.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It looks good. It looks really good.

    Well done Buick.

  • Puddingpopper

    Proportion. Major improvement… but why do the details suffer the ‘acura’ effect

  • Yep, one for me

  • klowik

    This looks awesome. I like a bit of straight line crease above or near the door handle line but not the sloping crease like the current A class.

  • Felix

    There are a lot of improvements to be made, but I really love the new style so far

  • Jim Gillan

    Take the badge off it and it could be anything

    • Six Thousand Times

      With that grille, I cannot agree.

  • Bash

    People will love and buy it just because its a Merc.

  • Spinnetti

    I like it.

  • Kagiso Mutlaneng

    Huge Merc stan… That rear is the worst I’ve seen on a premium car in probably a decade. Audi A3 Sedan would take this hands down if that rear made it to production (doubt it tho)

  • Shane

    Anyone else think the front looks very Ford-ish?

  • pclarkkent

    It looks as they tried to melt an Alfa Romeo and Audi Design together.

  • haudit

    Such a dumpy, stubby looking little thing, and the front end looks utterly miserable.

  • Nordschleife

    This just looks like the next gen CLA to me. It reminds me of the concept that preceded the production CLA. With that being said, I do like it. I probably would have picked different rims but the design as a whole is a winner to me.

    • Kash

      tbh it’ll probably land in China and the US as the CLA but be in Europe and anywhere the A-hatch is sold as the A-class.

  • Enter Ranting
    • Robert

      lol so true

  • Zandit75

    Audi A3 sedan has taken this out the back and beat it with the ugly stick!!
    What the hell is going on with the headlights?

    • Kash

      it’s just a scaled down version of the GT sedan concept, or rather the pieces taken from it and put on the CLA.

      • Zandit75

        It doesn’t work…..

        • Kash

          i’ll agree with you there.

  • Mark S

    Looks good to me, simple and fluid with a few nice angles. I would like to see this stretched out into a C-class.

  • Jake

    Good to see Mercedes finally sort out the front end, it’s stunning. But the rear is bland and lacks the excitement of the front. I know they’re not identical, but my first thought was rather unfortunately a modernized version of the Cruze.

  • Androuffle

    Design-wise, Mercedes is currently completely lost…

    Trying to copy Audi on the rear of this car, copy/pasting an AMG GT rear end on every single coupe of their range, even SUVs (!).

    It’s time to hire a designer M. Benz…

  • javier

    looks good compared with the cla, but after a few years with a gla45 i’m not convinced of the quality,refinement or build quality of small mercs, an expensive lesson for sure

  • stephen

    Brad did you mean “…headlights with an intricate inner design…”?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Does seem to reduce the front overhang of the current version.

  • Robert

    The big gaping mouth is atrocious. And the rest of the design is devoid of appealing character. If Mercedes was hoping to stir emotion with this design, it worked – unfortunately it’s the emotion that requires toilet paper when finished.

  • Spyderdrifter

    Looks like an Audi with Mercedes visual cues, especially from the rear angle.

  • Knotmyrealname

    It’s not my cup of tea, and that’s fine, coz design is subjective, but what I find strange is that there is very little here to define the car as a Mercedes, unless of course you look at the badge. It could be any small car.

  • KidRed

    Yay! No more creases!

  • accolade

    Will this cannibalize CLA or C-Class sales with an A-Class Sedan? I thought the CLA was the sedan of the A-Class.

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