Next gen Mercedes A-Class, B-Class radically distinct

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News, Mercedes Benz
on 06/05/2008

Source: Channel4

After failed talks with rivals BMW and Fiat, Mercedes-Benz determined to go alone in making the next-gen A and B-Class models last year. This week with board members testified that the models will be totally different to the current ones, it looks like the German's decision wasn't a bad one after all.

Board members at Mercedes-Benz conveyed to a German newspaper this week that the company is "working on a complete new concept" for its supermini- and small family-sized ranges, with small coupes and cabriolets under consideration as well as hatchbacks, an MPV and even a mini-SUV.

Reports earlier suggested that these new models would be based on an abridged C-Class rear wheel-drive platform rather than a new one. This would mean a more sporting B-Class which would take on the likes of the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and upcoming Saab 9-2, and a performance-oriented A-Class, which would rival the Alfa MiTo and the Audi A1.

Sources say the new cars will be launched sometime in 2011 with Bluetec diesel engines as well as an array of efficient petrol powerplants.

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