Mercedes-Benz planning new X-Class, based on Renault Clio image

The German based automaker Mercedes-Benz is planning to develop a whole new range of cars over the following years which will be known as the X-Class.

The announcement hasn’t been made officially just yet but according to a report of autobild.de, the carmaker will develop a new range of cars. According to our source, the new model which will roll out the assembly line with the X-Class badge on its rear end will be a vehicle smaller than the A-Class, which will sit under the current model. This is expected to be based on the same platform as the next generation of the Renault Clio platform and to be heavily influenced by the Renault-Nissan alliance.

While Renault is currently dropping its plans to develop a large luxury sedan based on the current E-Class generation because it’s not feasible, that can’t be said on Mercedes-Benz, whose plans currently include a new Renault Clio-like hatchback. The tri-pointed star model should have a unique styling, a decent interior with enough goodies and a 1.0 liter three-cylinder engine under its hood, or a 1.5 liter four-cylinder unit. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is expected to cost less than 20,000 euros, once it will probably hit the market in 2018, and a sedan or a crossover versions are probably in the works.

Source: autobild