We have good news for those who fancy a baby Mercedes, and who want something special. Mercedes has plans to release a convertible A-Class in the not too distant future. It will follow the new five-door and three-door versions that will be in showrooms next year and confirms Mercedes commitment to a range of compact family cars.
Mercedes currently does not have a clear rival to the BMW 1 series convertible, Audi A3 Cabriolet or VW Golf Cabriolet, but the new cabriolet will change that. It could also assist Mercedes with its long-term goal: becoming the top-selling premium car manufacturer in the world.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes, recently spoke at the launch of the B-Class Mercedes. He said that the company planned no less than five new compact cars for the next few years. They will all use the same platform. We already know about four of them: the baby CLS 4-door coupe, a small SUV to rival the BMW X1, the A-Class hatch and the B-Class.
The missing fifth link is no doubt the A-Class Cabriolet. It will be built on Mercedes new front-wheel drive platform, a prominent feature of which is a multi-link suspension system offering improved handling and a more comfortable ride. We expect a fabric roof rather than a folding hardtop ± its both lighter and cheaper to build.
As far as engines go, there will be a 1.8-litre diesel, a 1.6-litre turbo petrol and a sporty 2-litre turbo petrol engine producing 200bhp. For those who really want a thrill, there will also be a 4-wheel drive AMG version with a 2-litre, 350bhp twin-turbo engine.
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