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Mercedes-Benz Concept A stretches small-car style

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a spectacular new concept that previews the radical appearance, stylish interior and altered mechanical layout of its third-generation A-class.

Called the Concept A, the hatchback makes its public debut at the Shanghai motor show in China later this month. It hits European showrooms in 2012 and is unlikely to ever see U.S. soil.

Eschewing the one-box profile of the existing A-class, the third-generation model–as previewed by this concept–gets a two-box silhouette similar to that of the Audi A3, the BMW 1-series and the Volkswagen Golf.

Mercedes is relying on the fresh design with its more pronounced nose section, lower roofline and eye-catching detailing to make the entry-level model more appealing to younger customers.
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