Mercedes Considering X-Class Supermini for 2018

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Photo: Theophilus Chin
A few weeks ago, we first stumbled upon this very rendering (by Theophilus Chin) we're showing you once mare and wrote a story titled "Dear Mercedes: You Simply Must Build a Supermini Like This," arguing that the Audi A1 and MINI deserved a three-pointed star competitor.
At the time, the official Mercedes stance was that superminis were not profitable enough, and that they would need to much money to develop a standalone Mercedes supermani.

To suggest that we changed their mind would be a stretch of the imagination, but the Germans are indeed thinking of a new entry-level car that could be based on the architecture of the Renault Clio, which by then will have to be replaced once more.

The new X-Class could be a family of vehicles slotting under the A-Class, with sedan and crossover variants expected as well. Power will come from a 1.0-liter three cylinder engine or a 1.5-liter, presumably the diesel option.

Mercedes reportedly expects to sell about 100,000 to 150,000 units annually of this €20,000 car. That's basically as expensive as the best equipped Clio models sold today.

Story via Autobild
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