Our friends at the European Patent Office have leaked the first pictures of the 2012 Mercedes A-Class.

Previewed by the A-Class concept, the production model is a five-door hatchback with subdued styling. The overall design seems to mimic the BMW 1-Series, but the front end is distinguished by a long hood, LED-infused headlights and a two-bar grille.

No interior pictures were released, but Mercedes has indicated the car will have a luxurious cabin with a high-tech COMAND system that offers downloadable apps.

As we have previously reported, the A-Class will ride on the MFA platform and feature a variety of fuel efficient engines. Nothing is official, but the range-topping A25 AMG is expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol that develops 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) to 350 hp (261 kW / 355 PS).

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