Daimler CEO says Smart crossover back on the table image

According to Mercedes-Benz Cars parent Daimler, the Smart city brand has rekindled plans to introduce a small sport utility vehicle, according to chief executive Dieter Zetsche.

The Daimler CEO made the remarks on the sidelines of the ongoing 2015 Auto Shanghai motor show, with the Mercedes-owned city car brand already mulling the development of such a model some ten years ago – with the project ultimately axed back in 2005. Since the globe has entered an incredible SUV and crossover pandemic, with the segment rising faster than the overall market in every region, it makes sense to revive the plan and introduce a small crossover – which are particularly fashionable in Europe and have started to gain appeal even in the United States.

Naturally, the small crossover would be based on the larger ForFour model, with head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr. Dieter Zetsche talking to Auto Express in Shanghai and hinting the German carmaker is now researching the opportunity to expand its Smart range into the rapidly expanding segment. “Our objective at this moment in time is to get to the next stage of success with the portfolio,” commented Zetsche. “If we were to go for any expansion with the Smart family, then the SUV segment would definitely be one to go into.” Mercedes is also keen on expanding its range in the SUV sector, with the automaker revealing in Shanghai the GLC Coupe concept, a model that in production guise will become a close rival to BMW’s X4.

Via Auto Express