The Mercedes-Benz C-Class line-up will grow to include models without a direct predecessor, according to Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche. Among this tipped to join the line-up are a cabriolet version and a sport coupé to rival the BMW 3 Series GT.
“We grew the A-Class family from two models before to five now, and there will be additional products without predecessors in the C-Class line-up,” Zetsche revealed at the Detroit motor show.
The C-Class is the first Mercedes to be spun off the firm’s modular new rear-drive MRA platform, an architecture that allows greater freedom of body styles.
“You have freedom in the platform with proportions and dimensions,” design chief Gorden Wagener told Autocar, “so you can create some pretty diverse cars from that.”
Wagener in particular flagged up the C-Class Coupé as the “coolest” model in the new line-up. “You’ll say wow, and love it,” said Wagener.