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With the Concept A Sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is providing an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential new body type.
The Concept A Sedan show car specifies the evolved Mercedes-Benz design language, including reduced lines and gaps.
"Our Concept A Sedan shows that the time of creases is over," said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer for Daimler AG. "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."
The Concept A Sedan has been designed with the proportions (length/width/height: 179.9 inches/73.6 inches/57.6 inches) of a dynamic, coupe-like and simultaneously compact, premium sedan, according to Mercedes-Benz. This aim is emphasized by the traditional three-box design featuring short overhangs, especially at the rear, as well as a slim greenhouse that has been offset towards the rear. Additional sedan characteristics are the relatively vertical C-pillar, larger side windows and higher beltline.
The muscular wheel arch design, featuring a reduced arch dimension, emphasizes the exclusive 20-inch wheels, according to Mercedes-Benz. The light alloy wheels feature a sporty look that features a structured surface between the spokes. The door handles of the show car are flush with the body, while the outside mirrors, are positioned on the Concept A Sedan's beltlines.
The striking front is highlighted by the deep Panamericana grille tilted towards the front, featuring vertical chrome inserts and a star in the center, as well as the stretched hood with Powerdomes. The large, lower air inlet featuring a diamond grid structure and a striking trim strip in dark chrome is also amongst the most eye-catching features, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The headlamps on the Concept A Sedan feature a grid structure on the inside of the headlamp that has been coated with a UV paint and it is exposed to ultraviolet light. As a result, the headlamps glow in different colors, depending on the light medium—the daytime running lamps, for instance, are white.
This unique lighting technology is also used at the rear. In line with the design philosophy, the lines and gaps at the rear have been reduced. As a contrast to the paintwork, the rear bumper features a diffuser-look lower part trimmed in black with a chrome strip that emphasizes the car's width, underscoring the car's premium appeal, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The integrated exhaust deflectors are finished in dark chrome. Additional features of the show car are dark tinted windows all-round as well as a large, panoramic glass roof.