Mercedes-Benz A-Class (W177)

Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Mark Fetherston

The freehand sketches of the 2018 A-Class shown here are by Mark Fetherston, exterior design team leader for the new car at Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 photograph front three-quarter Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Mark Fetherston

The red Photoshop image is by Somvang Sinhsattanak, a senior exterior designer at Mercedes-Benz. The yellow image is by Slavche Tanevski, one of the designers in the exterior team.

Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Somvang Sinhsattanak Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Slavche Tanevski

The new A-Class has received a mixed reception, with some critics calling it bland and a step back fro the previous car. The company itself says the new design is an attempt to provide a more grown-up image, in contrast to the exuberant swooping creases of the previous edition. The narrow headlamps and large grille are also intended to give the latest A-Class a predatory and aggressive look.

Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Mark Fetherston Mercedes A-Class 2018 W177 sketch by Mark Fetherston