Mercedes’ new FWD platform will underpin 8 models ranging between next-generation A-Class to the rumored GLB-Class, expected to be lightweight and more rigid
German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is currently working on its new generation Front Wheel Drive (FWD) platform. Mercedes-Benz brand chief Ola Källenius has confirmed that this new platform will underpin a total of 8 models, up from five vehicles based on the current FWD platform.
The company didn’t specify the models that will be underpinned by the new generation FWD architecture. But we can expect the models like next generation A-Class hatchback, upcoming A-Class sedan, new B-Class, next-gen CLA-Class coupe sedan, CLA-Class Shooting Brake station wagon, new GLA-Class crossover to be based on this architecture. Also, the rumored GLB-Class off-roader, which is being considered as the baby G-Wagon could come based on the same platform.
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This new platform will surely come offering more rigidity along with reduced weight improving fuel efficiency and handling capability. The next generation FWD architecture is also likely to come developed following the brand’s future strategy to use smaller engines sourced from Renault alongside its in-house 6-speed manual and dual-clutch transmissions. Also, India being one of the major markets for the brand, most of the models based on the new platform will be available in the country.
Recently at the Auto Shanghai 2017, the German luxury car manufacturer previewed the all-new A-Class sedan. This is going to be a very important model from the brand for the developing markets, where demands for premium cars are high. Also, it gave us a preview of the brand’s futuristic design language that reduces the usage of the character lines.
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As the company says, it is focusing on building cars with smoother appearance that will come with aerodynamic efficiency and aesthetic charm along with perfectly proportionate design. The A-Class sedan concept was displayed with the brand’s new Panamerican front grille, while the rear was similar to the existing CLA. However, the distinctiveness was there as well.
Mercedes-Benz Concept A Gallery
Source: Car and Driver