Mercedes-Benz may expand compact fwd lineup by 2018

Article by Anita Panait, on July 23, 2013

Mercedes-Benz may expand its compact front-wheel-drive lineup when it introduces the second generation in 2018, Daimler AG chief executive Dieter Zetsche disclosed. He remarked that they are considering the “final portfolio” of the next generation of their compact cars. He said that they have to define it and may expand the portfolio.

Mercedes’ current compact front-wheel-drive lineup includes four nameplates: the four-door CLA, the five-door B class, the GLA crossover and the three-door A class. Mercedes will start selling the CLA with coupe styling in the US in September. The carmaker will sell the five-door B class in the country as an electric vehicle next spring.

Mercedes will start selling the GLA crossover in the US in September 2014. It plans to unveil the production version of the GLA at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The carmaker is not selling the three-door A class in the US.

Although Zetsche did not disclose the models that may be added when the second generation arrives in 2018, there have been rumors on a CLA convertible and two-door roadster. Zetche remarked that Mercedes will add a fifth model to its front-wheel-drive lineup next year, but the vehicle would not be market in the US.

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