It’s clear the prototype has similar headlamps to the Concept A, while the grille also closely mimics that of the concept. Whereas the concept had AMG GT-style vertical slats in the grille, however, the unit on the test car has a similar look to the current ‘diamond grille’.
The overall profile of the car is similar to that of the current car, but expect to see fewer sharp-edged design details – Gorden Wagener, chief design officer for Daimler AG, used the launch of the Concept A Sedan to decree death to creases.
Down back, the latest spy shots paint a clearer picture of how the tail-lights on the new A-Class will look. They follow the same basic theme as the headlights, with detailing similar to that on the C-Class and E-Class wagons.
The new A-Class is expected to grow marginally larger than the current car on the outside, but a longer wheelbase should free up more space for rear-seat passengers. A wider tailgate opening, something facilitated by split brake lights, is also expected to feature in the quest for better practicality.
When it arrives, the car will likely be built on a new version of the current MFA platform. The MFA2 architecture will eventually form the base for the B-Class, CLA and GLA. Along with the usual selection of three- and four-cylinder engines, the platform is expected to support hybrid, even all-electric powertrains.
Behind the wheel, previous spy shots have shown a stylish centre stack, with round air vents and a scaled-down version of the dual-screen infotainment setup from the E- and S-Class as the headline features.
Stay tuned for the latest on the upcoming A-Class, and check out the photos tab for more images.