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Mercedes A-Class Concept (slideshow)

Mercedes will show a more sporty and aggressively styled A-Class concept at the New York International Auto Show later this month. The carmaker says it used wind, waves, and aviation engineering as the design inspiration for what will likely be the next generation A-Class.

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Mercedes A-Class Concept-front quarter angle

Mercedes will show a more sporty and aggressively styled A-Class concept at the New York International Auto Show later this month. The carmaker says it used wind, waves, and aviation engineering as the design inspiration for what will likely be the next generation A-Class.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-front

The concept shows an elongated hood, LED headlamps with a starry sky motif, and a redesigned grill composed of metallic silver hexagons on black stems.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-side view

Sharp lines flow throughout the exterior, accentuating the vehicle's deep curves and edges.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-engine

Under the hood is more power than you'd normally find in a compact car. Mercedes outfitted the A-Class concept with a 210-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The BlueEfficiency engine is paired with the carmaker's new dual-clutch transmission.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-rear

The materials and design used in the grill is repeated in the bumper. The LED taillights also contain Mercedes's "starry sky" motif.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-rear side quarter angle

The new body lines and structure almost tricks the viewer into thinking the hatchback is a coupe, but it's still a three-door hatchback.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-interior controls

Mercedes expresses the aeronautical theme more strongly in the interior. Ambient lighting illuminates the instrument cluster to give it the look of an afterburner, and the dashboard vents are also aircraft-inspired. Prominently featured in the vehicle is an integrated tablet or smartphone.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-interior passenger

Red piping around the leather seats carry the red theme throughout the vehicle.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-rear interior

The A-Class concept includes two full sized seats in the rear.
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Mercedes A-Class Concept-cargo

Despite its small footprint, the A-Class looks like it offers a decent amount of cargo capacity for a compact hatchback.

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