on 04.07.2011 21:41
Mercedes-Benz will show a two-door hatchback at the New York International Auto Show later this month, the A-Class Concept. Dressed in distinctly Mercedes styling, this small car portends of a future production model that would provide an affordable, fuel-efficient entry into the prestige brand's line-up. However, it is not known if this will be offered in the United States, or just overseas. Show attendee reaction will no doubt influence this decision.
The front-drive A-Class is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower.
Mercedes proudly touts that this is the first compact car with a radar-based collision warning system—a welcomed feature to protect that sharp tri-star visage. Another technical notable, the tablet-like dash display synchs with smart phones to display their functions onscreen, as if it were an integrated application.
Still fondly remembering the short-lived C230 Kompressor coupe from about a decade ago, we look forward to seeing this sharp compact in person and learning more about its production potential. Stay tuned.
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