Mercedes-Benz confirms new 7-seat compact product

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class spouse and children – which features the B-Class, CLA and GLA traces – will get a 3-row selection extremely before long, a enterprise formal has verified.

Talking with marketplace journal Automotive Information Europe, Mercedes-Benz’s world-wide revenue manager, Britta Seeger, hinted a 7-seat model is in the operates for marketplaces like China, however it’s unclear what sort it will get.

“In our new compact family members we will also convey 7-seat autos to market place. We see a growing wish for seven-seat autos in China and we ought to fulfill this demand,” she said.

“Will it be a minivan or an SUV? You will have to hold out and see. So considerably you have found the very first new product, the A-Course, which is actually a pretty car or truck and a pretty significant product.”

Previously mentioned: Present Mercedes-Benz B-Course

There are many alternatives as to how the seven-seat compact Mercedes will acquire condition. Initially is in traditional MPV type, a thing even now suitable to the Chinese and European markets.

A bigger B-Course with seven seats appears really affordable, particularly when arch-rival BMW presents the five-seat 2 Collection Active Tourer and a few-row 2 Sequence Gran Tourer.

The second possibility is in the sort of a 5+2 SUV, probably the GLB. It’s no magic formula that Mercedes-Benz is prepping a new crossover to sit concerning the little GLA and greater GLC – we have viewed various spy shots recently (below) – and if the new model’s boxy system is any sign, it could provide as a suitable foundation for a little folks-carrying SUV.

Should the SUV turn into the 7-seat providing, it could demonstrate to be pretty a niche supplying at that conclude of the high quality section. At the moment, no little SUVs from premium models supply three rows of seating.

We’d argue the latter will be picked out thinking of the B-Class’s profits have been declining of late – while Seeger verified the very little MPV will be changed with a new technology. Maybe equally MPV and SUV 7 seaters will be available, who is familiar with?

The business has already confirmed the platform underpinning the new A-Class hatchback will spawn a even further 8 design derivatives. Even if you account for the regular B-Course together with the GLA and both equally ‘coupe’ and ‘shooting brake’ versions of the CLA, there’s however a further 4 new styles to come.

With the GLB and A-Class sedan also verified for generation, that leaves two a lot more spots – possibly a B-Class L for China?

For now, we’ll have to wait around and see.

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