Mercedes-Benz seems to be expecting a lot of success from its front-wheel-drive CLA-Class. Automotive News is reporting that the sub-C-Class sedan could grow when its second generation arrives in 2018.

The current FWD platform for MB underpins the CLA, the B-Class, the GLA-Class, and the A-Class. The B-Class will arrive in North America as an EV for spring of 2014, while the production GLA crossover will arrive three to four months after that. The five-door A-Class won't be crossing The Pond. Sad faces all around.

According to AN, another model will be based on the front-drive architecture, but it won't be coming to the US market. Set to arrive next year, rumors are that it'll be a wagon version of the CLA, sort of like the ill-named five-door CLS Shooting Brake that is also a Europe-only item.

As for the rumored CLA convertible and two-seat roadster, if those two arrive, it's not going to be until the second-generation of the current architecture hits the market. Even then, their future is in uncertain, as Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG told Automotive News, "We are considering the final portfolio of the next generation of our compact cars. We have to define it and we may expand the portfolio."


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      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like MB is gonna milk this FWD platform. Honestly not a bad idea for badge ****** and maximizing profits but the enthusiast in me resents the fact that with MBs great heritage for fine luxury automobiles, they're making these FWD boy racer looking things. I really don't like the CLA or A class, not the MB I grew up with
      nettsu
      • 1 Year Ago
      CLS Shooting Brake isn't Europe only unless Australia has become part of Europe - MB Australia sells 'em here.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the headline says "Mercedes FWD platform to last UNTIL 2018." And then you guys say: "Mercedes-Benz seems to be expecting a lot of success from its front-wheel-drive CLA-Class. Automotive News is reporting that the sub-C-Class sedan could grow when its second generation arrives in 2018." Your headline is too ambiguous. Some people (myself included) took it to mean that Mercedes will only be producing their FWD platform UNTIL 2018. Then kill it. I guess it was wishful thinking on my part. Get rid of the FWD platform MB! Sure I think the CLA is a nice piece of work, but the car's proportions are horrible thanks to it's engine being all the way up front.
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alfa Romeo has decided to develop all future models around RWD platforms and it's being applauded. Meanwhile the next BMW 1-series and and now Mercedes-Benz are shifting to FWD platforms for their future entry level offerings. It's appalling.
        JOSEPH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sinistro79
        Mercedes has been selling front wheel drive cars since 1997, and Audi since forever. No reason to go all drama queen about it. If they need to sell more efficient, smaller models, then why not fwd? They are still making the same rwd lines they have always made.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sinistro79
        It's even more ironic that Alfa Romeo is dying while MB and BMW are doing well.
      As19
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a sedan version of Hyundai Accent... Why would anyone want to pay extra for something so ugly, manufactured in a third world country and with the legendary MB corrosion making this car as disposable as the Walmart dishwasher?
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @As19
        Hungary was never a third world country, at a time was considered 2nd world but today it is a part of the EU and member of NATO, hardly the stuff the third world is associated with. For year Hungary has produced the VW/Audi 18.T and 2.0T engine with powers the vast majority of their cars and is always on the Wards list of best engines
        Michael Scoffield
        • 1 Year Ago
        @As19
        How dumb can you be really ? There isn't a single EU member country that's third world. The Human Development Index puts it at 37th most developed country in the world.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only a person who doesn't know any better would buy a front wheel drive Mercedes. If they keep this up they would lose there exclusivity ..
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fx16gts
        So...vans, trucks, and buses also make Mercedes-Benz lose its exclusivity?
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes is destroying all their mystique by selling entry level "luxury" cars in every segment that they can think up. Meanwhile, the former third wheel in German luxury, Audi, is beating them up and stealing their lunch money, and doing it without a grossly bloated lineup. Mercedes has forgotten who they are, and that's why they keep slipping behind. Very sad.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      How will this effect Nissan/Infiniti's plans? They are talking about building the car in Mexico at a Nissan plant and already the engines in Tennessee. What about the Infiniti that will spawn off this platform will they replace the car at the same time as MB if it's successful enough for a second generation car?
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      With how many new models have emerged in the last few years, I definitely wouldn't be surprised if his comments were full of crap about the possibility of a two-door or convertible.
      Tyler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Um no. Audi is bringing over its A3 (CLA competitor) and its Q3 (GLA competitor). They're doing the EXACT same thing Mercedes is doing, MB just beat them to the punch.
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