Concept A-Class previews next-generation of the model in a growing and important segment for the premium brands.

Here are some more images of the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class released by the automaker upon the model's introduction at the Shanghai motor show today.

We get to see more of that aviation-influenced interior design as well as photos of the concept on the road.

The Concept A-Class comes with a new M270-based power plant - a 2.0 liter turbocharged, four-cylinder unit with 155 kW / 210 PS (207 bhp). Being a Merc, tech goodies are in abundance and those include LED high-performance headlights, radar-based collision warning system, adaptive Brake Assist and, of course, BlueEFFICIENCY for optimizing fuel-economy.

We're not sure how closely this Concept A-Class will resemble the next-generation of that model. It's hard to predict given how much things are changing in this segment. BMW is developing several new front-wheel drive models that will compete directly against the likes of the A-Class. But this Concept A-Class looks very much like the kind of sporty hatch that Mercedes would want at the core of this segment - perhaps with other models or body-style variants filling niche gaps elsewhere.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class debuts at Auto Shanghai - fresh pics