Mercedes-Benz aims to take on the Scirocco, A3 Cabrio with new A-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2012

Mercedes-Benz is considering projects to build new small car models such as a sporty three-door hatchback variant of the new A-class, which is intended to challenge the Volkswagen Scirocco and the Audi A3 cabriolet with a fabric roof that has long been mooted. Sources said that these aren’t meant to be introduced before the end of 2015.

The insider said that if the company does approve them to enter production, they would probably be placed in the subsequent lineup as soon as it establishes the new small car platform and boosts production at its plant in Hungary. At the Shanghai motor show last year, Mercedes-Benz previewed the three-door A-class with the Vision A concept.

It gets a rakish roofline that’s coupé-like. It also features a narrow glasshouse. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is considering a long-wheelbase B-class. Its design has a third row of seats for a total of seven in all.

This represents the company’s premium entry into the thriving mini-MPV segment. The B-class Plus isn’t likely to be presented before 2015, similar to the three-door A-class and A-class cabriolet.

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