Mercedes-Benz extends compact range with new variants

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Yesterday, Mercedes-Benz introduced the revamped GLA at the Detroit motor show. During the event, it was indicated the brand is set to expand its family of compact models significantly.

This is evident from reports of the British magazine Autocar that spoke with Mercedes executives attending the show. The report confirms the new models masterplan we have already unveiled last evening.

Looking at the ‘bottom’ of the Mercedes range, we now see the A-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, the GLA and B-Class. Each of those cars will get a successor, as is confirmed. There are rumors going around that the CLA Shooting Brake would not return after this generation. But it is not just bad news for lovers of practical cars.

The Mercedes-Benz compact family will be extended with a proper four-door sedan which will set next to the CLA in the range. The sedan has to battle the Audi A3 Sedan and the future BMW 1 Series sedan. The Chinese market will be endowed eventually with a variant of the sedan with a longer wheelbase.

In addition, the family will be extended with a cross-over in the style of the BMW X1. Called the GLB, that long-legged model should fill the gap that appears between the GLA and GLC class.