The cat is out of the bag: after months of spy shots and teaser photos, leaked images of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class have appeared online before its official reveal.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is slated to make its official debut tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show, but these images – which appear to be official press photos — show off the car from all angles. There isn’t too much to be surprised about here, seeing as the new A-Class resembles the Concept A-Class shown at last year’s New York Auto Show. Its front fascia is almost identical to the concept, including the lozenge-shaped grille, amorphous headlights with LED running lights, and sweeping character lines. Around back, the production-spec Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a more staid and traditional taillight treatment with squared off units with LED accents. An image of the interior shows a cabin very similar to the new-for-2012 B-Class, although it appears less upright and more low-slung.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class rides on the automaker’s new MFA front-wheel drive platform, which underpins the new B-Class and is slated to provide the bases for a new compact crossover, “baby-CLS,” and Infiniti’s upcoming compact. While official powertrain choices for the 2012 A-Class have yet to be revealed, expect to see a plethora of gas and diesel engine options in Europe. The A-Class will be coming to our shores, and most cars destined for our market will likely use the same 1.8-liter turbo-four as the 2012 C250. It’s also been reported that AMG has been working on a 340-hp model, equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharged I-4, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive.
The competition in this segment – at least in Europe – is heating up, with BMW having launched an all-new 1 Series last year, and Audi showing off its new A3 and Volvo premiering the all-new V40 at the Geneva show as well.
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