Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz showed off its new Concept A Sedan at Auto Shanghai 2017, and now, we’re bringing you live photos of the show car for your viewing pleasure.

The Concept A Sedan features many cues such as the Panamerica grille seen on more recent AMG GT models, as well as more vertical A- and C-pillars when compared to the CLA four-door coupe. It also represents the next development of the “Sensual Purity” design language, and shows that “the time of creases is over.”

That statement was made by Gorden Wagener, chief design officer Daimler AG, who also adds, “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”

The show car reportedly previews what could be an upcoming addition to the Mercedes-Benz compact car range – the A-Class Sedan – one of three new models planned for the line-up. 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.

With the Audi A3 Sedan and the BMW 1 Series Sedan already out in the market (the latter currently a China-exclusive), Mercedes-Benz would want to tap into the compact sedan segment, offering a vehicle that is roomier than its current CLA.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan official photos