Mercedes-Benz plans to launch eight cars off the back of the new A-Class and, unsurprisingly, a bunch of them will be crossovers. While North America will have to wait until fall for the A-Class sedan, Europe will see the hatchback much sooner. However, those models are just the start of the upscale brand’s drive to push the platform into every segment its size limitations allows. The hatch will remain the smallest model, but CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes-Benz needs to keep its rivals on their toes — and the automaker intends to tap the MFA2 platform for that honor. While the expanded lineup gives MB an edge universally, we know which automaker the company is most concerned with: BMW. “The new BMW X2 is basically like the [current] GLA,” Zetsche recently explained to Top Gear. “And you will see a new GLA. As in other segments we’ll have two interpretations. So the GLA will be more in the SUV direction, and that will expand our … [Read more...] about Everything A-Class: Mercedes Planning Eight New Vehicles On New Platform
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La firme allemande songerait en revanche à abandonner le CLA Shooting Brake. La gamme des Mercedes compactes est sur le point d'évoluer de façon notable, et il va falloir s'accrocher pour ne pas perdre le fil. Au total, elle comportera huit modèles, dont un possible GLA coupé et un GLB. Maintenant que la nouvelle Classe A en carrosserie classique est entrée en scène, le constructeur à l'étoile peut se concentrer sur les autres membres de la famille. On pense par exemple au prochain GLA, qui pourrait d'ailleurs être épaulé par un GLA coupé. En effet, le patron de la marque Dieter Zetsche a expliqué qu'il y avait la place d'intercaler quelque chose entre le GLA et la Classe A, ce qui peut être vu comme une façon d'annoncer ledit GLA Coupé. Lire aussi : Mercedes-Maybach annonce un véhicule au "luxe ultime" Le prochain Mercedes GLS est de sortie La Mercedes EQ S … [Read more...] about Mercedes pourrait lancer un GLA coupé
Earlier in February, it was confirmed that Mercedes-Benz will introduce eight new models based on the W177 A-Class‘ platform. At the time, we could only make out six potential models – A-Class Sedan, A-Class Sedan LWB (China-only), CLA, GLA, GLB and the B-Class. That’s three five-door models, a new B-Class and two SUVs. Well, as it turns out, the seventh piece of the puzzle could well be another SUV, that is the GLA Coupe. Top Gear recently spoke to company CEO Dieter Zetsche who told the publication that none of the eight models will be smaller than the A-Class, so no, there won’t be a direct competitor to the MINI hatch. In fact, Zetsche has taken the focus to the X2, and said “the new BMW X2 is basically like the [current] GLA.” The new GLA is already a work in progress, but like the GLC and GLE line-up, there are two interpretations. New GLA (left), versus the all-new GLB (right) “You will see a new GLA. As in other segments, … [Read more...] about New Mercedes-Benz GLA Coupe to fight the BMW X2?
The BMW X2 is quite possibly the most polarizing car in BMW’s current portfolio. Many enthusiasts feel as if it’s a heretic while others find it amusing and fun. However, there’s really no denying that it’s going to be a sales success and important to the BMW brand. If you don’t believe that, just ask Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche, who recently hinted at the possibility of an X2 competitor from the GLA-Class when speaking to Top Gear. Although, it’s really going to be a large shuffle of the GLA-Class lineup, with one of those cars being similar to the BMW X2. That X2 competitior will likely just be the standard GLA-Class, though, as the current GLA is already similar to the X2. “we will further expand the SUVs. We need something more SUV than the GLA.” said Zetsche. One of those cars will be the upcoming GLB-Class, which will basically be a mini G-Wagen. However, there will be a more normal crossover version … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz GLA Class could gain BMW X2 competitor
Auto motor und sport magazine put the new Volvo XC40, the Car of the Year 2018, against the german triade Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. All gasoline, all-wheel drive, all with chances to win? The idea of a premium compact SUV is not new, but is just so successful that all premium manufacturers want to be in this segment. So the new Volvo XC40 meets the established competition: Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. Let’s see who is the best. BMW invented the premium compact segment in 2008 with the first generation X1 with a rear wheel drive derivated 4wd while Volvo is the newcomer. The new XC40 is familiar, stylish, unusual and refined. Perhaps Volvo’s greatest strength has always been not to re-invent everything, but to refine it. In addition, the Volvo maintain its tradition focused on safety. Audi – maturity of performance Launched in 2011, Q3 is the oldest in this test but the age shows also its maturity. Finishing and material quality shows a … [Read more...] about Comparison test Mercedes GLA vs Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo XC40