Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the Concept A Sedan at Auto Shanghai 2017, which previews a new entry-level sedan that will form part of its expanded eight-model compact car range. As of now, the line-up consists of the A-Class hatchback, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and the GLA.

Visually, the concept takes plenty from the Aesthetics A sculpture and represents a development of the “Sensual Purity” design language. Headlining this is the deep Panamerica grille at the front, featured here with chrome inserts and the Mercedes star. The grille itself meets with the bonnet that sports what Mercedes calls Powerdomes on them, similar to what was shown on the GT Concept.

The lower apron meanwhile, appears to be inspired by the A-wing design seen on Mercedes-AMG models, albeit with a diamond pattern for the mesh. The sharper-looking headlights are also a radical departure from those on the A-Class hatch and CLA, and are said to “glow in different colours” due to the UV paint applied.

Along the sides, the concept’s short overhangs become immediately obvious, as are the 20-inch wheels fitted. Don’t confuse it with the CLA however, because both the A- and C-pillars here are relatively more vertical when compared to the four-door coupe. This also results in larger side windows for the three-box design sedan, and should help with interior space (something that was lacking on the CLA).

Moving to the rear, the taillights carry over the Y-shaped graphics seen that is now familiar on the latest A-Class hatch, although it is now encased within a more angular-looking cluster (again, different from the CLA). It’s also pretty busy at the lower apron too, where you’ll find integrated exhaust deflectors finished in dark chrome and a chrome strip for the “diffuser.”

In terms of dimensions, the Concept A Sedan is 4,570 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,462 mm tall, which makes it a wider and taller car than the CLA (4,640 mm long, 1,777 mm wide and 1,432 mm tall). Mercedes didn’t provide any numbers relating to the concept’s wheelbase but on the CLA, it measures 2,699 mm long.

Similarly, details about what will power the production version of the concept (which we’ll call the A-Class Sedan for now), were not provided. However, Autocar reports that such a model will be launched in the United Kingdom by the end of 2018, where it will compete against the Audi A3 Sedan and BMW 1 Series Sedan.

Though the latter is a China-exclusive, it has been rumoured that the model will be offered globally in the future, and spyshots of prototypes in parts that are not China certainly help support that theory.

For power, the A-Class Sedan should be offered with a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the former including a 400 hp-plus turbocharged 2.0 litre unit in a range-topping A45 4Matic variant (that front bumper certainly suggests it).

Also rumoured here is a plug-in hybrid variant that combines a petrol engine with an electric motor. The new entry in Mercedes’ compact car line-up is said to use a revised version of the MFA (modular front architecture). Like what you see so far?