We can now confirm that the images of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz A-class that began a journey around the web yesterday afternoon are, in fact, legit. The pictures were first posted by Autoscoops.be (click over there for the full set) and allegedly are from a European patent filing. Although our staff of monkeys turned up no such documents in the EU patent database, we did have the opportunity to consult with our network of informants in Stuttgart, and we are told with certainty that the images accurately show the upcoming five-door A-class.
The five-door is one of the four body styles we expect to be spun off of Benz’s new front-wheel-drive A-class platform; the others are a three-door hatch like the heavily stylized A-class concept from last month’s New York auto show, a small crossover, and a four-door best described as a mini CLS. One of these body styles will be used for an AMG version, which should pack at least 300 hp. And all four should arrive in the U.S., meaning Americans will not only be able to buy a front-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz, but should have plenty of choice in the matter, too.
Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz A-class |