The German business newspaper Handlesblatt claims that it found out from internal sources that Mercedes will offer in the future only 4 models in the compact range: GLA, GLB, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake. The Mercedes A-Class will have no successor.
Mercedesblog.com announced on May 24 that Mercedes will give up not only Class B but also Class A according to unofficial information we received.
The German business newspaper Handelsblatt comes to confirm now our information, this time citing internal sources within Mercedes. But so far there is no official communication from Mercedes on this subject.
But now it is officially known and mercedesblog.com first announced this that the first model of the third generation of compact models will be the new Mercedes CLA. It will be launched in 2024 on the new MMA platform developed with priority for electric propulsion which also supports conventional propulsion and PHEV. MMA will replace the current MFA II platform.
As chief designer Gordon Wagener announced at the new strategy presentation conference, the future Mercedes CLA will borrow design elements from the Mercedes EQXX concept, which recently broke two range records for electric cars.
The conventional compact range is reduced from 7 models (Mercedes A-Class hatch, A sedan, B, CLA, CLA Shooting brake, GLA, GLB) to only 4 models (GLA, GLB, CLA and CLA Shooting brake) but we have to take into account also the electric models.
The future compact range will include the current EQA and EQB electric models plus a new entry named SUL (Sport Utility sedan) which is actually a sedan SUV in the style of the third generation Seat Toledo from 2004-2009.
The compact range is part of the new category of Entry Luxury models. According to the new strategy presented on May 19, 2022, the Mercedes models will be divided in the future into three categories: Entry Luxury, Modern Luxury and Top Luxury. The new strategy favors luxury models over volume ones, as is the case with the A-Class.
Mercedes wants to launch 20 pure electric models by 2030 and for this purpose it needs both funds and the release of production capacities.