Due to the American preference for smaller cars and to keep up with rivals BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz announced it will be releasing a new compact car family based on the new Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA), that will hit the U.S. starting in summer 2013.
The new series will include coupe (“baby CLS”) and SUV versions and possibly a convertible or a shooting brake version geared towards a younger clientele. There will also be two hatchback versions (next generation A- and B-class models) offered in Europe; however, Mercedes has no plans of bringing them to the U.S. unless there is a demand.
The MFA platform could also possibly be applied to a new entry-level Nissan Infiniti model in the future, due to Mercedes’ new partnership with Renault-Nissan.
The new Mercedes-Benz MFA compact coupe will be available in summer 2013 and the SUV will follow shortly in summer 2014.