According to reports, Mercedes-Benz is considering the introduction of its entry-level A-Class compact hatchback to the U.S. market. However, it’s not happening before the new generation comes out in 2017.
The German luxury car manufacturer is extending its partnership with Renault-Nissan alliance and is expected to launch A-Class production in the new manufacturing facility in Mexico alongside the Infinity Q30 as the two hatchbacks share the same platform.
The CLA baby-coupe, based on the A-Class, has been a major hit in the United States since its introduction in 2013 and the hatchback may also enjoy its share of the market, considering the attractive styling, German quality and inspiring range of powertrains, including an amazing AMG version that features a 2.0L twin-turbocharged gas engine delivering 375 hp and 350 lb/ft of torque (check 0-60 times of CLA-Class.
That small beast could outperform Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R. The next generation A-Class could also be offered with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. European bestselling diesel engines will definitely be dropped for the U.S. market.