The German automaker knows part of its sales success is owed to the popularity of its compact models, and now has plans to invest about one billion euro in the next generation of the series.
The current lineup has a total of five cars in the compact class but Mercedes is looking to further democratize luxury by allegedly expanding the roster to a total of eight models. The already existing A Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B Class and GLA are all getting new generations and will be joined on the MFA2 (Modular Front Architecture) by three new entries, according to the company who notified the world during the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. But this are all the official details, so speculation can ensue from across the rumor mill.
Allegedly, an A Class Sedan is in the making – slotted to compete against the Audi A3 Sedan and the China-only BMW 1 Series Sedan. The model might even get a foreshadowing preview this April during the Auto Shanghai 2017. A long-wheelbase derivative is also in the cards, though this one will remain exclusive to the People’s Republic where rear legroom continues to be a sought after commodity. In addition a new crossover – the GLB – based on the B Class is also in the making, with rumors even pointing towards a seven-seat arrangement coming via an extended wheelbase version.