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by Brett Davis

To keep BMW on its toes, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly working on a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class cabriolet to rival cars such as the BMW 1 Series. The new A-Class design is said to take inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class (pictured).

According to Auto Express in the UK, Mercedes-Benz is working on a drop-top version of the upcoming A-Class. Like the new 2012 A-Class hatch, the cabriolet would be based on the same MFA platform, a platform which is shared with the new B-Class, upcoming CLC and a new BMW X1 mini-SUV rival.

As for the looks, the new A-Class will be stepping away from the MPV-like styling of the old model, and will adopt the lower and wider stance seen on the concept version. This is expected to help the new model rival the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series more suitably, and become a more attractive proposition to the younger market.

In terms of powertrain and equipment, the A-Class cabriolet is expected to feature the same engines as the hatch, including two 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines, producing 91kW and 116kW of power, as well as two turbo-diesel variants (a 1.6- and 1.8-litre) producing 83kW and 101kW of power.

A Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG model is also being planned, as our previous spy shots have revealed, although it is unlikely it will come in cabriolet form.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch is set to hit the market next year, initially in five- and three-door form, with a cabriolet launch possibly taking place further down the track. We’ll keep you updated.

What do you think of the idea of an A-Class cabrio? Is there demand for such a model in Australia?




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