x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

i-Spy: five-door prototype 2012 Mercedes A-Class

The overall shape of this next-generation A-Class is looking very much like a BMW 1 Series and very different from the current MPV-style A-Class.

Mercedes A-Class. Credit: Lehmann Photo-Syndication
Mercedes A-Class. Credit: Lehmann Photo-Syndication

This is the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, spied undergoing first tests on Stuttgart roads. We've previously seen a three-door A-Class concept, which debuted at Auto Shanghai, and the five-door prototype caught here is showing a similar body design. The overall shape of this next-generation A-Class is looking very much like a BMW 1 Series and very different from the current MPV-style A-Class. It seems that Mercedes-Benz is setting up the 2012 A-Class as a direct competitor to the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 in a way that it never was before. And the next-generation B-Class will be offering an SUV variant to go up against the very successful BMW X1 and all-new Audi Q3. Engine options might include a petrol-powered 2.0L with 200hp and a 2.2L diesel with 170hp.