Believe it or not, it has been five years since the W176 A-Class was introduced. The pictures you see here are of the A-Class Sedan concept, but the striking visuals sure point the way ahead for how the future A-Class will look like.

Much of what we see here are all but the real thing. Items such as the funky UV headlamps, 20-inch wheels and flushed doors will undoubtedly be omitted in the production stage, so let’s shift our focus to the design.

Every modern Mercedes-Benz passenger car you see on sale right now is the result of one man’s work – Gorden Wagener, who is the sitting Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG since 2008. You can go as far as to say that he singlehandedly helped the Stuttgart brand outsell BMW on a global level in 2016. But more importantly, he’s responsible for widening the Mercedes-Benz appeal to many first-time owners with the compact car range (A-Class, CLA and GLA).

The A-Class Sedan you see here is an evolution of Gorden’s “sensual purity” design language, and he proudly said that “the time of creases is over”. He went on to say: “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.”

All told, Mercedes-Benz seems confident that the expansion of their compact cars range will continue the success they’ve achieved in recent years. After all, they did sell over 2 million compact cars since 2012.


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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.