2011 Mercedes Benz A Class Concept
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept
In 1993 Mercedes-Benz ventured into a all new fomite category with the revolutionist construct of the Sight A 93. Now the sword is again presenting a car that mightiness birth cum from another satellite: the Mercedes A-Class Construct is the beginning jiffy of a new genesis whose expressive designing stands for hard vigour. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Construct is celebrating its premier at the Car Impress appearance (21 to 28 April 2011). The proficient highlights of this front-wheel campaign Conception car admit a new, turbocharged four-cylinder gasolene locomotive underdeveloped 155 kW (210 hp), a threefold grasp infection and a radar-based hit monitory scheme with adaptative Bracken Aid.
A foresightful cowling, low silhouette and reduce windowpane areas: the proportions of the A-Class Conception symbolise saturated oomph. Its gaudy show is tending detail profundity by the interplay ‘tween lines and surfaces. “The A-Class Conception introduces the new Mercedes-Benz innovation parlance into the press family in a graven, lightness and expressive reading,” says Prof Gorden Wagener, Psyche of Figure at Mercedes-Benz. “We use the condition ‘captured muscularity’ to verbalise the slue vigour exuded by the A-Class Construct. Our schematic sources of inhalation were the fart and waves, besides as airmanship technology, resulting therein “nerveless” expression.”
2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept
New turbocharged petrol engine, seven-speed dual clutch transmission
But it is not lonesome visually, but likewise technologically that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Conception is ushering in a new contract year era at Mercedes-Benz. This front-wheel driving framework is powered by a four-cylinder gas locomotive from the new M270 serial. It was intentional for transversal installment, and thanks to orchestrate injectant and turbocharging it offers a gamy operation potency jointly minimum emissions and fire phthisis. Former highlights of the all-aluminium locomotive admit injectant pressures of capable 200 bar and fast-responding piezo injectors.
The A-Class Conception is equipt with the two-litre version of the new locomotive, development 155 kW (210 hp). This BlueEFFICIENCY whole is combined with the new Mercedes-Benz twofold clench transmitting. As a three-shaft transmittance, this has sevener advancing gears which are shifted mechanically with no pause in tractive mightiness. The new contagion is consequently peculiarly frugal, sporting and well-situated.
Exterior design with defined edges and a free interplay with the body surfaces
One major feature of the new figure accent at Mercedes-Benz is the expressive interplay ‘tween lines and surfaces – which the designers concern to as a “strip” Construct. Thanks to concave and bulging surfaces with the resulting sparkle intonation, this creates a unequaled sculpture-like bearing. The A-Class Construct decidedly continues this base of outlined edges and interacting surfaces, which Mercedes-Benz commencement showed in the F800 Style. The side view is structured by three prominent lines: the front structural edge forms a dropping line towards the rear, while the pronounced shoulder muscle over the rear axle emphasises the car’s coupé-like character. A further line extends upwards in front of the rear wheel arch in a sweeping curve. These lines lend more depth and dynamism to the side profile. The door handles are recessed into the doors, and emerge electrically at the touch of a button.
The unusual, wing-like structure of the exterior mirrors is suggestive of flow and lightness. Another prominent feature is the open side skirt, which creates an unusual light-and-shadow effect. Reminiscent of a turbine rotor, the large 20-inch wheels reinforce the impression that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept has been shaped by the wind.
The front end of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept is a real eye-catcher. The brand logo appears to be surrounded by a starry sky. Where there are usually apertures or louvres, the radiator grille consists of numerous metallic silver “dots” on black stems. This theme is reflected in the design of the wheels.
The visually wide rear end exudes power and athleticism, and is likewise enlivened by an interplay between convex/concave surfaces and pronounced edges. The tail light clusters continue the lines of the muscular shoulders towards the rear, emphasising the car’s width with their horizontal orientation. The aerodynamic spoiler lip in the tail lights improves efficiency, while the diffuser creates a downforce to aid roadholding.
Interior dominated by associations with aviation engineering
The interior of the Mercedes A-Class Concept, which is flooded with light from the large panoramic roof, likewise appears to be from another planet. Many of the unusual features were inspired by aircraft engineering, at the same time reflecting ideas from the “Mercedes-Benz Aesthetics No. 2” interior sculpture. Various component groups have been reduced to a minimum, for example the dashboard and centre console are merely brushed aluminium structures. The result is a transparent, light, bionic design effect.
As an extremely eye-catching detail inside the A-Class Concept, the dashboard takes the form of an aircraft wing and has a translucent, stretchable textile lining. Thanks to this sophisticated fabric, which is vapour-coated with chrome particles, the bionic cellular structure of the dashboard remains visible – its design is reminiscent of a canvas-covered aircraft wing whose underlying struts are discernable. Dramatic backlighting makes this instrument carrier appear particularly futuristic. Thanks to the translucent high-tech lining and lack of a conventional support structure, the dashboard appears to be free-floating. Its lines continue into the door panelling like vapour trails from the winglets of a jet.
The form of the air vents in the dashboard is likewise inspired by the engines of a jet aircraft. The translucent, backlit vents change their colour depending on the temperature the occupants have selected for the climate control system: they are blue if cool, fresh air is vented into the interior, but red if the airflow is heated. The prominent displays in the instrument cluster, which were inspired by the afterburner of a jet engine, are likewise in red. The central control unit is designed as a high-tech flight panel with a shift lever in the shape of a “thrust control”. With their moulded-over head restraints and very pronounced lateral support, the seats call the pilot seat in a jet fighter to mind.
Titanium and silver tones are combined with a light, elegant beige in the interior. Magenta is used to produce highlights that contrast with the car’s alubeam silver paint finish, which follows the dynamic contours of the exterior like liquid silver.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept makes use of modern materials such as the high-tech lining on the dashboard, or metallised leather where semi-aniline is dyed with metallic pigments and embossed, and also high-grade nubuk leather. This builds a bridge between 125-year tradition of the Mercedes-Benz brand and its claim to progressiveness.
COMAND Online with revolutionary graphic design offers ease of use for smartphone applications
A smartphone is fully integrated into the operating systems of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept. When the phone is inserted into the recess provided in the centre console, it is automatically synchronised with the COMAND multimedia system. All the functions of the smartphone, including internet radio, email and social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, are shown as applications on the 17.8 cm display and can be operated via the rotary/push control.
The visual presentation of the screen elements is unique, with a deep, three-dimensional look created by laser-like, magenta-coloured lines. This near-series display Concept was designed and realised by designers and engineers at the Mercedes-Benz development laboratory in Palo Alto/USA. The menus in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept are in both Mandarin and English.
Headlamps with optical fibres produce a unique effect
A very special effect is created by the lights of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept, as the innovative full-LED high-performance headlamps repeat the starry sky motif of the radiator grille with numerous lighting points. The daytime running lamps consist of 90 optical fibres with aluminium sleeves, and they are arranged in a wing-shape within the headlamp. The tentacle-like fibres form individual, diffused light sources to create a dramatic contrast between soft and harsh.
From any perspective an unusual effect is also created by the LED indicators, which appear to float freely within the headlamps like an enclosed air bubble in a perfume bottle. The indicators are mounted in six chambers at the top of the perspex headlamp unit, and their vapour-coated reflectors remain invisible.
As already brought to series production maturity in the Mercedes CLS, the LED high-performance headlamps of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept combine the Intelligent Light System with LED technology. The projection module of these LED headlamps is no longer round, but rather flatter and more sporty. This sporty impression is reinforced by the matt carbon-fibre housing, which contrasts with the aluminium surround of the projection module.
Optical fibres with aluminium sleeves are also used in the tail lights. 120 optical fibre lighting points form each C-shaped tail light cluster to create a unique visual effect with their subtle glow. They are appropriately lit up for the brake light function. When braking, the continuous light band between the two tail light clusters also lights up to make the Mercedes A-Class Concept appear even wider. The indicators are self-contained elements in the centre of the tail lights. The base unit of the tail light is of carbon-fibre, with the numerous red elements ensuring visual depth.
New assistance and braking system reduces the risk of rear-end collisions
In the A-Class Concept, safety pioneer Mercedes-Benz is showing another milestone in the democratisation of automotive safety technology: the concept car is equipped with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist – a world first in the compact class. This system gives a visual and acoustic warning to a possibly inattentive driver, and prepares Brake Assist for an absolutely precise braking response which is initiated as soon as the driver emphatically operates the brake pedal.
In contrast to other systems available in the market for the compact class, the new Brake Assist Collision Prevention Assist is not merely an urban driving system designed to minimise the effects of minor collisions. Instead this innovative solution aims to provide protection against typical rear-end collisions in all driving situations. Mercedes-Benz expects the new safety system to have a significant, positive effect on accident statistics. Following detailed analyses of accident data, Mercedes-Benz safety specialists estimate that this radar-based technology can help to prevent around 20 percent of all rear-end collisions, and mitigate the severity of a further 25 percent.