By Amos Kwon
on 3.7.12
Photo by Mercedes

If you know anything about the compact MPV known as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, you’d know that previous generations have been, um, less than thrilling. Well, that’s all changed with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, a complete reworking that’s simply beautiful. Mercedes-Benz hopes this new version will make the A-class world class and push sales into the 50 states.

Less like a midget MPV and more like a rakish hot hatch, the A-class now sports deep-set character lines in the body, angular headlights, an aggressive front fascia and a silhouette that can finally turn some heads. Two engines could take hold, including a 208 horsepower 4-cylinder gas version and a 168 hp diesel, mated to either a six-speed manual or dual clutch tranny. Either version gets turbocharging and direct injection. Thankfully, both come with AMG-tuned suspension set ups, so you know it’ll handle. But this isn’t just some quick econobox, it’ll also be rife with the latest tech, including full iPhone integration (it even integrates with Siri), collision warning and adaptive brake assist, active parking assist and blind spot assist. With all these amenities and the eye-popping body, we’re hoping this new A-class will see the light of day on our shores.

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