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We Hear: Mercedes-Benz Considering Coupe to Rival Audi TT

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/27/2015 Jason Udy

Mercedes-Benz is considering a rival for the Audi TT and BMW 2 Series, Autocar reports. If the rumors are true, the new coupe would replace the current three-door Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. A high-performance AMG model and a convertible are also possible.

As we’ve previously reported, Mercedes plans to add 11 new models by the 2020 model year. The new sporty coupe would be one of several models built on the automaker’s upcoming second-generation MFA platform jointly developed with Renault- Nissan. Styling for the new coupe is said to be influenced by the Mercedes-AMG GT, and the 2+2 would feature a liftback rear end.

Like the current Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the new coupe will feature a transverse engine with front-drive standard and all-wheel drive optional. The high-performance AMG variant is said to feature standard all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making as much as 400 hp. Other possible powertrains include gasoline and turbodiesel engines developed with Renault-Nissan, as well as hybrid and fuel cell powertrains.

While few details on the new architecture have been revealed, it is said to be more flexible than the first-gen MFA chassis that underpins the CLA-Class sedan and GLA-Class crossover. The new architecture is expected to underpin the next A-, B-, CLA-, and GLA-Class models as well as a new entry-level sedan with more rear seat and cargo room than the CLA and a new more SUV-like GLB crossover to rival the Audi Q1 and Mini Countryman. Elements of the new chassis will make their way into the new Infiniti Q30 and QX30 models as well.

2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG We Hear: Mercedes-Benz Considering Coupe to Rival Audi TT

The new models could begin arriving for the 2018 model year, with the new sporty coupe expected to show up a year later.

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Source: Autocar

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