Somewhere in between the Smart brand and the all-new A-Class (pictured above), Daimler is said to be readying a smaller entry-level product for the Mercedes-Benz brand to compete with models like the Audi A1. According to AutoBild, Mercedes-Benz will get a new hatchback based on a platform from its recent partnership with Renault-Nissan, and it could be called the X-Class.

Expected to debut by 2018, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class could be offered in sedan, hatchback and crossover variants, and it would likely have a starting price below the $20,000-euro mark. Power would come from either a 1.0-liter inline three-cylinder engine or a 1.5-liter inline-four, and the car would likely be built in a low-cost nation in order to make the financials work. Wearing the Mercedes-Benz name, the X-Class would have to exhibit more distinguishable luxury and styling to set itself apart from the models that helped provide its underpinnings.


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      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dailmer Benz Chairman Dieter Zeische announced today the company would collaborate with Tata for an entry level car based on Tat's Nano. "We do not anticipate that a sub-$5,000 car will in any way affect public perception of the Mercedes Benz brand. In fact, we expect it will strengthen the brand with buyers of our S-class vehicles because . . . . " Chairman Zeische then changed the subject and slipped out of the press conference, citing previously scheduled meetings.
      Logan Abner
      • 1 Year Ago
      $20,000-euro? Lol
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Logan Abner
        The original says 20.000 Euro, so ~US$26,000 at today's exchange rate. That's 'entry level' for Mercedes, so almost twice what other makers aim for.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they just launch a new entry level brand instead?
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        they have one, it's called Smart, and that's where this car should go
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      So in other words if you don’t care about the premium badge you will get better value from buying a fully loaded Renault-Nissan equivalent for the base price of the MB variant.
      Chris Bangle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, Mercedes. Split those hairs!
      IceDree
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh god no , Not another Nissan Sunny - Renault Scala - Dacia Variant ! what happened to the days where people aspired & worked hard to own a Mercedes Benz ? this reminds of that episode of Top Gear where Jeremy was talking about the SL65 AMG & gave an example of two dudes having a conversation in a party & uses Mercedes as a topic starter ... Lol - Hey , I heard you drive a Mercedes Benz . - Yea , I do . - me too , which model ? - SL65 AMG , what about you ? - I drive an A180 (or whatever the base model was called) , what a nice car . - *Shock* by the way , How many small cars does Mercedes Benz need anyway ? A-Class , B-Class , C-Class & CLA ?
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wish Mercedes would stop going downmarket. They're starting to lose the exclusivity factor they once had and I can't help but think it dilutes the brand somewhat. Sub-$30K entry-level lux is a crowded segment, and only getting more crowded as brands like Hyundai/Kia, etc. try to move upmarket. From a return on investment standpoint, I'm not sure Mercedes can keep up the quality and still sell enough of these at that price to make it worthwhile. I'd rather see them focus on what they're really good at (S-class, CL, etc).
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
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          quuppa70
          • 1 Year Ago
          just tested Dacia , losed its door handle in magazine test, thats quality.. :9
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        Finally someone gets it.... Mercedes used to be something you aspire to own... now Billy Joe and college kid Brad can get one with a great leasing plan. Like someone else said, these small/cheap cars need to go to Smart!
      vedi123
      • 1 Year Ago
      a renault-mercedes? people should remember that when they bash Audi for using VW platforms for the A1 and A3.
        Myself
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vedi123
        Given the fact that Audi is a brand that is wholy owned by VAG, Volkswagen AG, it makes perfect sense that all Audis, Seats and Skodas use exactly the same platforms, engines, transmissions etc. as VW branded cars. It's hard to admit for the fanbois, but their beloved A3 shares the mechanicals with a Skoda Octavia. Renault and Mercedes are tw different companies, the only thing they have in common is substandard built quality and reliability. Renault tries to cover that with use of electronics, Mercedes with leather and appearance of luxury.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keep moving downmarket. That's the best way to become the world's #1"luxury" automaker. Lol.
      Michael Scoffield
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know what the hell has been up with MB in the past few years since they are constantly trying to become more mainstream and more downmarket. I liked to consider MB an exclusive luxury cars brand !
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yippeee another cheap Mercedes..
      Mr. Bader®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great MB should tap all market levels
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