Eager to make the most of their investment, Daimler and Renault are reportedly looking at spinning a crossover off of the rear-engined platform underpinning the Smart Forfour and Renault Twingo.
Mercedes-Benz head of sales and marketing Ola Kallenius says that a Maybach SUV when the next-gen GLS arrives is the "more likely scenario" if it ever comes into being.
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Smart will not make another generation of the Roadster, but a Smart SUV might be in the cards. According to Smart's CEO, Annette Winkler, "The Roadster isn't a profitable business case. Everybody is keen on the car, but nobody wants to pay the bill." What Car? states that Smart is likely planning a baby SUV to take on the Nissan Juke and its ilk. But for the immediate future, Winkler says Smart "must focus on how we can maximize potential of the Fortwo and Forfour. That is strategy number one."