Mercedes-Benz Concept A sedan world premieres at Shanghai Auto Show

The concept previews the automaker's design language for next gen MFA models.

Mercedes-Benz Concept A design study has made its world debut at the ongoing 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The sedan serves as a precursor to Mercedes’ next generation family of compact cars which currently includes A Class, CLA and GLA.

In what is a clear departure from the current compact car design language, the concept’s front fascia features a gaping front grille with convex vertical slats (like in AMG GT R), triangular headlamps which feature UV treated elements (hence the purple hue), and a very wide bumper air intake.

The silhouette is not very different from that of the current CLA but the sheet metal adopts strong surfaces and minimalist lines. The rear fascia is again radically different from the existing sedan. Interiors are still under wraps.

Apart from strongly implying that the concept car will heavily influence the design of next gen MFA (Modular Front wheel-drive Architecture) family, Mercedes hasn’t revealed any further details about the Concept A Class sedan as of now.

Mercedes’ compact model lineup has a significant contribution to its global sales. Last year, the German luxury automaker managed to sell over 635,000 units of its A Class, B Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA. The next gen compact models are expected to have even greater influence on the brand’s bottomline.