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.

The company 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.

Enlightened in styling, peaceful in everyday driving, and capable to handle off-road conditions as a rover between automotive situations, the Mercedes-Benz GLA notably re-envisions the compact SUV group. It nimbly conquers all everyday obstacles and is also sufficiently sturdy for off-road travels.

The first Mercedes-Benz in the rapidly growing compact SUV segment is extremely easy to handle around the town (4417 mm long, 1804 mm wide, 1494 mm high), energetic on country roads, and vibrant and effective on the highway (Cd 0.29). The quality features, created with a great love for detail, and the adaptable interior unmistakably sets the GLA as a premium compact SUV.

GLA is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to come with, as an available option, the new permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully adjustable torque distribution.

The new GLA completes the broad SUV range of Mercedes-Benz. With five model groups (GLA, GLK, ML, GL, and G), the brand has the biggest range available from any premium European producer, and fulfils every individual customization wish of its consumers. All the while, the GLA class is the fourth of five new Mercedes-Benz compact models.

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