U.S. may receive the Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class family, says Dieter Zetsche

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 15, 2011

Mercedes-Benz fans in the U.S. will surely be glad about Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche’s statement that all five variants of the new Mercedes-Benz compact A- and B-Class family will be available in the U.S. The first of these five variants will start selling in 2013 but Mercedes has yet to announce if it’s the A or B class.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the next-generation B class four-door, the first member of the family, at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. This model will be offered in the U.S., according to Autonews. The features of the second-generation B-class include an all-new four cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging.

It is also available with a new diesel engine. Mercedes-Benz claims that the redesigned B-class would be the most spacious car in its class and will come with advanced assist systems, radar based collision warning system and PRE-SAFE.

Mercedes is planning to expand sales volumes but it has yet to reveal sales estimates. The other luxury brands like Audi, BMW and Lexus are either entering the market with their small and compact model offerings or may already be at the point of expanding their lineup.

Mercedes didn’t announce the pricing info for the U.S. But in Germany, the four-door is priced at 26,000 euros, or about $35,500. It starts selling in Germany this year. The new platform is also used for a B-class four-door with coupe styling similar to that of the large CLS.

Joerg Prigl, vice president for Mercedes-Benz and Smart front-wheel and electric vehicles, said that a station wagon, an SUV and the smaller A-class five-door will also use this platform.

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