Mercedes-Benz recently revealed plans around a minimum of seven new cars on the agenda under their recently-launched A-Class hatchback platform. One will be a successor to the B-Class minivan; however, more interesting than that is the automaker has plans in the works to launch a compact car – that seats seven – under the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) landscape.
Real question now … will it be an SUV or a minivan?
Britta Seeger, Mercedes Sales Boss, recently confirmed the compact seven-seater on the horizon, but did not confirm the form it would take (SUV versus minivan), stating, everyone will have to ‘wait and see’.
What are the other models under the MFA base that Mercedes working on right now? An A-Class sedan version, which will subsequently see a stylish version of the CLA to follow, as well as a GLA crossover that will be a bit bigger than the GLB. Also on the agenda is an A-Class sedan with a long wheelbase; however, Chinese markets will only see this model.
Motor1 disclosed that during her interview, Seeger was clear to note that EVs would not be a part of the A-Class and B-Class groups, as these types of autos will be ‘purpose-built’ for the EQ Mercedes group. She also took the opportunity to state the company is quite happy with their diesel engines, as well as diesel sales. While deliveries had decreased marginally by less than one percent last year when compared to 2016, the hike in volumes meant that total sales had increased for the company in this division.
Lastly, Seeger noted that Mercedes is quite content with its number one premium worldwide manufacturer status and is working hard to keep this position intact. As she stated, the company is confident that they can offer customers the best answers needed to make the best decision.