The video gives us a clear look at the A-Class’s front-end styling and the detailed character lines of the side panels.
Mercedes-Benz’s first conventionally styled hatchback will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March, before it goes on sale in Australia early next year.
The vehicle was spotted on the Canary Islands, seemingly as part of a photo shoot ahead of its launch.
The A-Class shares its MFA platform and key styling features with the new B-Class, which arrives in Australian showrooms in April.
The new premium hatch sports LED-infused headlights, an upright chrome mesh grille with single crossbar and large three-point star badge, and a strong bonnet.
The car in the video appears to feature an AMG Performance package, sporting an aggressive front bumper and AMG alloy wheels.
Mercedes is yet to reveal the A-Class’s powertrain details, although it is expected to inherit a number of the engines from the B-Class. The taller, longer B-Class will launch in Australia with two tunes of a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine – 90kW/200Nm and 115kW/250Nm – as well as a 100kW/300Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder diesel.
Mercedes has also confirmed an AMG version of the A-Class will be offered, although it is likely to be revealed sometime after the launch of the core range.