Mercedes has revealed its version of the hot hatch in the form of the new A-Class that has been massaged by the company’s in-house performance arm, AMG.
This concept A-Class was shown at a preview event just before the start of the Shanghai Auto Show and is being touted as another step towards capturing an important segment in one of its most important markets, China. The new A-Class concept is a significant design departure from the previously utilitarian-looking A-Class.
With the hand of AMG all but confirmed, we can assume that the division’s clever engineers will deliver on the rumored 350 horsepower for this baby hot hatch. Additional rumors include the inclusion of an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, which would be a natural progression, given that the new A-Class reportedly shares the platform of an upcoming small 4X4 being developed by Mercedes. Mark Fetherston, a senior designer at Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the upcoming new A-Class will retain 85 percent of the styling of the Concept A when it is launched in 2013.