Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class at the upcoming 2011 Shanghai Auto Show in April this year. Recent international reports say this sketch, apparently leaked online, resembles what the car will look like.

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

If this sketch is anything to go by, the next A-Class will be quite a good-looking car. It features design lines that are very unlike the outgoing A-Class MPV-like shape. The new model looks low and sleek, showcasing a swooping roofline and a sharp side window profile.

The sketch also features some F800 Concept design elements, including the arrow-head headlights, arched sill panels and pronounced nose and grille area. It also presents a high waistline similar to other models in the current 2011 Mercedes-Benz line-up.

Powerplants for the new model are yet to be confirmed, however, a number of small petrol and turbocharged diesel engines are likely to make their way into the range, as well as a 239kW AMG version which is expected to launch sometime after the normal models.

Reports say the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will go on sale in international markets later this year.