And it could have also offered a compact two-door coupe and convertible, a rival for the i3, something similar to the i8 and also a C63 AMG Coupe by now.
A Mercedes-Benz representative has turned out to be one talkative person as it turns out he believes that the 3-pointed star could have launched a coupe-like SUV before BMW. This was apparently discussed over at Mercedes-Benz but the company has eventually decided to focus on the development of the MFA (Modular Front-wheel drive Architecture), which is currently used on the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA.
According to Wolf-Dieter Kurz, the vice president of SUVs and sports cars within Mercedes-Benz, the decision has turned out to be a good one since the MFA-based vehicles are doing well in terms of sales and they represent 28 percent of the total sales of the carmaker. The company’s representative says that Mercedes-Benz could have launched the coupe-styles SUV in the early 2000s but for some reason, this has been pushed forward until this year, when it was shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, as the GLE Coupe, in a premiere. BMW has moved faster in the segment as it has unveiled the first generation of the X6 back in 2008 and in 2014 the Bavarian automaker has shown the second generation of the model.