A senior manager of Mercedes-Benz said that the sub A-class model will have a compact SUV form. This official, who asked to speak anonymously, told Autocar that it has started development on a model that is sized like a Volkswagen Polo and borrows styling elements from the 34-year-old G-class. He also said that they’re considering plans to make a B-segment car with a modern version of the traditional G-class styling.
The company wants to extend the G-class line-up with the Ener-G-Force concept seen at the Los Angeles motor show. This car is included in those plans. Slated to arrive at showrooms in 2016, this compact Mercedes-Benz SUV was developed to go up against a new small Land Rover SUV that was previewed by the DC100 Concept car and a production model of the Volkswagen Taigun Concept.
This vehicle is referred to by insiders as the City-G. It is intended to be built on a joint venture platform developed in an engineering program between Daimler and alliance partner, Renault-Nissan. This structure, which is named as JC1 (joint compact first generation), is meant to support a minimum of two different wheelbase lengths, various track widths and the two front- and four-wheel drive layouts.
The new platform underpins the new B-segment SUV and is believed to be an extension of Mercedes-Benz’s current MFA (modular front architecture) structure. In addition, it’s earmarked for successor models to the present second-generation B-class, newly launched third-generation A-class, the new CLA saloon and soon-to-arrive GLA SUV. The latter one will be bigger and costlier than the City-G.