Mercedes A-Class Design Sketch Leaked

Above is a leaked design sketch of what the upcoming Mercedes A-Class may just look like. It’s not yet clear if this look is the final choice by Mercedes, but if it is, it’s obvious the company is taking the A-Class is a bold new direction and away from the urban runabout model currently sold in Europe.

Expected to debut soon (possibly as early as the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year), the A-Class is likely to be offered as both a 3-door hatchback (shown) and a 5-door model as well.

Previous reports suggest Mercedes is planning a 270-hp AMG version of the car, although it’s not yet clear if it will be billed as a high-performance A-Class or as a different model altogether. One possibility is that it will wear the CLC badge, borrow styling from the CLS and actually make its way to North Ameirca as the brand’s new entry-level sedan under the current C-Class range – and with Audi now planning an A3 sedan, that possibility seems more likely.