How many compact crossovers can an automaker have in its range? Well, in the case of Mercedes-Benz, that would be no less than three, if the latest report turns out to be correct.
Apart from these two, we could also see the introduction of a GLA Coupe, according to TopGear, who spoke to the company’s CEO, Dieter Zetsche.
“You will see a new GLA. As in other segments, we’ll have two interpretations. So, the GLA will be more in the SUV direction, and that will expand our scope. It gives us the possibility of doing something between the A-Class and GLA”, said Zetsche.
With arch rival BMW already getting praise for the X2, which is effectively the coupe version of the X1, it makes perfect sense for Mercedes to launch a premium compact coupe crossover that will rival it directly.
Elsewhere, Mercedes-Benz’s new compact family will also see an A-Class Sedan that’ll also get a long wheelbase version for China, a new CLA four-door coupe and a new generation of the B-Class MPV, in addition to the already unveiled A-Class hatch. This brings us to a grand total of eight models, and that’s without the CLA Shooting Brake that is expected to be discontinued, just like its larger sibling, the CLS Shooting Brake.
Zetsche was also asked whether the brand would be interested in rivaling BMW’s MINI with a B-segment car. His response was negative: “That’s not a place for us to go. No for our image, or for the bottom line. We won’t just chase sales numbers without profit”.
Note: Current Mercedes-Benz GLA pictured