New Mercedes coupe, compact sedan and GLB SUV in the making
Mercedes Benz is said to be putting together a compact car offensive, to further tighten the gaps in its product range. Of which, a new entry-level coupe, compact sedan and GLB SUV are believed to be included.
First product, an all-new Mercedes coupe, is said to be a two-door model on the affordable side of the product portfolio, expected to replace the three-door A-Class hatchback. Deriving styling cues from the flagship AMG-GT, the new Merc coupe could be a much lower and wider car than the A-Class. It will have brand new underpinnings, not the MFA platform, designed by a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan Alliance. This will also be a front-wheel drive platform, with better versatility than the MFA, with wider range of wheelbase and track width adjustments and greater scope to shove in batteries and fuel tanks should hybrid and fuel cell derivatives be drawn.
The new Mercedes coupe is expected to have a sportier variant as well, to compete with Audi TT. Needless to say, a range-topping AMG version will be offered, driven by a 400 bhp producing 2.0 litre AMG turbo engine. Another variant, a roadster, is also being anticipated as a replacement for the SLK, but the company has denied any active plan for the same.
Second is an all-new Mercedes compact sedan, with better legroom and boot space compared to the CLA-Class, set to compete with Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series sedan. Third is Mercedes GLB compact SUV, with inspiration from G-Class, set to take on Mini Countryman.
Expect the new Mercedes compact sedan to launch in 2018 and the other two in 2019, given that the German automaker is planning an eight-pronged assault in the compact car space by the end of this decade.
Via – Autocar UK