With its sporty design and conventional layout that ditches the previous top-heavy but space-efficient 'sandwich floor' design, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a big departure from its predecessors.
Described as a clean-sheet design, Merc's latest baby is said to be completely new, right down to the last detail. Expect to see it in South Africa from around April next year.
18cm lower to the ground and featuring generously sculpted lines, the new design aims to make it something of a hit among a more youthful audience - and there will even be a performance version right from the start.
The petrol engine range consists of direct injection, turbocharged 1.6- and 2-litre versions, the flagship-for-now being a GTI-rivalling 155kW A250. Below that, buyers can also opt for a 115kW A 200 or 90kW A 180.