Mercedes May Kill Smart Within A Decade And Make Its Own Supermini

As the Mercedes-Benz range expands with more and more electric models, it’s reported that the Smart brand will be ditched altogether.

Automobile Magazine claims that Renault will pull out of its partnership in producing Smart cars when the current ForFour and Twingo reach the end of their lifecycles.

With this in mind, Mercedes will apparently kill off the Smart brand by 2026 at the earliest, leaving the automotive world without one of its cutest vehicles. Mercedes could still have a future in the segment, however.

A new face for Daimler superminis.

One train of thought is that under the helm of chief executive Ola Kallenius, Daimler may decide to launch a Mercedes-Benz supermini to rival the likes of the Audi A1 and Mini. Such a vehicle wouldn’t share its underpinnings with the all-new A-Class as converting the platform and shrinking it would be too costly.

Instead, the most likely scenario is that the next-generation A-Class, probably arriving in 2025, will ditch its current MFA2 architecture in favor of a fully scalable, all-new convergence layout codenamed MX1. This platform will underpin a host of future Mercedes-Benz models and will support BEV, PHEV, and ICE powertrains.

Mercedes-Benz discussed teaming up with BMW to develop the MX1 platform and a larger MX2 architecture last year but BMW ended the talks. Nevertheless, a supermini Mercedes has been the subject of various feasibility studies and is currently known as the U-Class. If this model sees the light of day, it could be offered in a selection of different forms, including as a three-door and five-door hatch, as an on-demand shared transportation vehicle, and as a small panel van.

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  • Mind Synthetic

    thank god, should have been dead ages ago

  • kachuks

    I guess we’ll have to find something else to stuff hayabusa engines into.

  • Elmediterraneo

    We’ll have to wait an official confirmation from Zetsche or Kallenius because Daimler is now advertising Smart as the first all-electric brand in the future. But I would be glad if that full autonomous (no steering wheel) Smart EQ concept dies. Mercedes needs to ditch Smart make a proper Audi A1 and Mini competitor because the cars are more practical, the sales volumes are higher and the segment i not too small for the premium/luxury brands.

  • Bash

    I think no one will miss it. I could be wrong though.

    • Not many really notice it now. I agree, if it was gone, I doubt most would even notice it. I think those who have a Smart car would notice it.

      • Bash

        Exactly.

  • SO NOW WELL HAVE A CHOICE OF EX-SMALL, SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE OF THE SAME DESIGN. OH JOY.

    • Cobrajet

      One brand only needs one design. People only want them for the brand, everything else is just shape and dimension.

      • SO YOU’D BETTER LIKE THAT ONE DESIGN OR ELSE LOOK AT ANOTHER BRAND? DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.

        • Cobrajet

          Mercedes Benz has the best design.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Great, diluting the Mercedes brand even more. To what!? Mercedes-Smart?

  • I’m glad. Those aren’t my favorites.

  • It would be great if Mercedes kept the Smart brand name but create this super mini and sell it as the next Smart car?

    I wish Smart had put into manufacture those concept vehicles. I think they would have made the Smart brand more appealing and give more choices of Smart. I think they should have made the Forfour and the Forfour with all wheel drive. It would be even cooler if they made a new roadster.

    BMW made the new Mini but kept the name Mini. I think Mercedes Benz should do the same. Since France will only sell electric cars after 2040, it should be made in a country where they still still gas powered vehicles after that year.

    It would be interesting to see what that new ‘super mini’ model looks like. I wonder how many will create designs that they think it will look like. If sold under the MB name, perhaps it would also be more expensive?

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