By on May 11, 2011

We’ve seen the next-generation of front–drive Mercedes hatchbacks in both heavily-camo’d and concept forms, but now thanks to automobilemagazine.fr [via Auto Motor und Sport], we have what appears to be the first look at a production version of the Mercedes A-Class. From some angles it looks fantastic… while from others, it reminds a little too much of a Subaru Impreza. Either way, Americans won’t have to sweat the details when it comes to this bodystyle, as we will be receiving this chassis only in Coupe, Sedan and CUV format. Still, this vehicle will be of major importance to the Benz brand in nearly every other market around the world. Plus, it’s the first time Daimler has entered into direct competition with Audi’s A3 in the Compact class. And all told, Mercedes seems to have done a fairly effective job at transmitting its rear-drive-oriented design language into the front-drive hatch segment.

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26 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: A-Class Of Its Own Edition...”


  • avatar
    Philosophil

    I actually thought it was an Impreza at first glance.

  • avatar
    carve

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Look at that high hood and enormous front overhang!

    When I first glanced at the pic when the front page loaded, I though “OMG- WTF did Toyota do to the RAV4!!??”

    The back half looks OK though.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    I don’t see enough here that is special for this to be a Mercedes Benz.

    • 0 avatar
      1996MEdition

      The price will probably be the only thing special…..specially high I would imagine.

    • 0 avatar

      There ISN’T anything special about MB overseas. Only in the US do they have this aura of class. I have driven the current A-class in europe and it is a nice little car. Looks aside this would probably compete against the Ford Focus pretty well. But because people in the US want to see MB as “special” they won’t last long…

  • avatar
    JJ

    “Mercedes seems to have done a fairly effective job at transmitting its rear-drive-oriented design language into the front-drive hatch segment.”

    Ah…no.

    One of the biggest drawbacks of an FWD car designwise is in full force here; the humongeous front overhang. Ugly.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      And it’s a substantially larger (and bulkier!) overhang than that of a Golf or an A3.

      As another poster said, the rear is tidy but the balance is just not there.

  • avatar
    Alex L. Dykes

    It looks like the nose of a new Volvo S60 grafted onto a Mazda 3 hatch with GTI wheels.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Now Mercedes is caught in the Matrix.

  • avatar
    GiddyHitch

    Big schnoz and pinched rear end make this thing look very unbalanced in profile. Having the front window dip below the hood line is probably necessary for visibility but still looks inelegant. Someone got carried away with the size of the headlights and the accent lines in the front three-quarters view just look odd. What a mess.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    First impression: New Nissan Rogue. Mercedes? Nah…not distinctive for a Mercedes-Benz. Nothing classy to make it worthwhile, at least
    ’til I see one and check one out.

  • avatar
    threeer

    While style is certainly highly subjective, I think the upcoming new Rio hatch looks much better than this…but as has been said, it won’t be a worry for us in the US, as the “kleine” Benz won’t be coming here to begin with…

  • avatar
    tallnikita

    yeah, looks pretty good for a Mazda 3, that monster front overhang and all.

    • 0 avatar
      tparkit

      +1… I thought at first glance it was a Mazda 3 hatchback. Not quite as good as if Hyundai’s designers had done it, I mused, but not a bad effort by Mazda.

  • avatar
    V572625694

    That useless accent line swooping up the side shouts, “This shape is boring, so we’re cutting some lines in it in a desperate attempt to deny that.”

  • avatar
    noxioux

    I suppose if it’s OK for a Jaguar to look like a Camry, there’s nothing wrong with having a Mercedes look like an Impreza.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    As the Wendy’s commercial used to say “wheres the beef”? Well in this case wheres the hatch or you would be lucky to fit a gulf tee let alone the clubs in that stubby excuse for a cargo bay. The Subaru/Kia exterior styling certainly don’t help the case.

  • avatar
    Flipper

    Volvo front + 2012 Kia Rio back

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mqQPnm8XiaQ/TbrMVX6nueI/AAAAAAAAAH0/V5kiz4GpS3M/s1600/2012+Kia+Rio.jpg

  • avatar
    MarcKyle64

    Looks at link. “Is that the new Hyundai Accent hatch? I thought they weren’t doing a hatchback.” Clicks on link. “Nope, not what I thought.”

  • avatar
    Marko

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice-looking car by itself, but nothing about it really says “Mercedes”. You could tell me it’s the next BMW 1 series or – gasp! – Hyundai Elantra Touring, and I would agree without thinking about it much.

    Reminds me of the way I felt about the pre-facelift Jaguar XF – it looked decent, but it didn’t look like a Jaguar. I think Buick took some inspiration from the XF for the Regal/Lacrosse, though, and the design works much better in the context of a Buick.

  • avatar

    I can’t quite pick why, but there is something seriously wrong here. Part of it is just how out of proportion the front end seems compared to the rest of the car, or just how abrupt the stumpy rear end is. It’s almost as though Mercedes has taken the new CLS and tried to recycle the design into a hatchback. Same nose, same door-line, one-tenth the beauty.


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