Mercedes-Benz has upped the bar on futuristic cars. Heralded by the company as the beginning of a new compact generation, the Concept A-Class will be unveiled at the 2011 New York and Shanghai auto shows this month.
Among the features of note are a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, a dual clutch transmission and a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist. This warning system lowers the chance of rear-end collisions by giving a visual and audial alert and preparing the brakes for response. The car also combines high performance—boasting direct injection and turbocharging—with minimal fuel consumption and emissions.
Inspired by elements of nature such as the wind and waves, the outside of the car has also been redone, with a long hood, low silhouette and slim side windows. The design concept is rooted in the combination of defined edges and free interplay with the body surface.
The interior takes its cue from a jet aircraft, with dials in the dashboard done in red and the center console suggestive of a contemporary flight control panel.
A smartphone is integrated into the display, with functions shown as applications and able to be operated using rotary/push control.
What do you think of the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class. Is it something you would ever drive?