In markets apart from the world’s largest one, automobiles appear to be fading away in some respects as SUVs acquire ever extra reputation. However as a result of Chinese language patrons stay particularly eager on four-door sedans, so Mercedes-Benz continues to spend money on their improvement.
This report appears at what the German group has coming later within the 2020s, not solely when it comes to automobiles however MPVs/minivans/individuals movers too.
With so many fashions in its line-up, maybe a late working facelift for the A-Class shouldn’t be a shock. The W 177 sequence hatchback has been produced at Rastatt since April 2018 with a typical wheelbase sedan additionally made there. An prolonged wheelbase four-door automotive, in the meantime, is manufactured solely in Beijing.
The fifth era mannequin set for launch in 2025 may very well be the primary car for MMA (Mercedes-Benz Modular Structure). The then then Daimler – now Mercedes-Benz Group – made reference to this future platform for the primary time at an October 2020 buyers’ presentation.
The W 247 sequence B-Class has been in manufacturing since November 2018 and is due a facelift in the course of the second half of 2022. That needs to be the one main replace with the alternative sequence scheduled for early 2026.
It’s been a yr because the introduction of the BR 206 (W 206) C-Class. That features not solely the sedan and property however China’s prolonged wheelbase L sedan.
Manufacturing began on the Bremen plant in March 2021 on the identical line because the GLC, the GLC Coupé and EQC. Each (commonplace size) saloon and property are 4,751 mm lengthy and have a 2,865 mm wheelbase, whereas the L sedan is 4,882 mm.
The German plant is the lead one for the sedan and property, with the L sourced solely from one of many Beijing Benz JV factories within the Chinese language capital. In the meantime, East London (South Africa) once more makes this era for a number of markets.
The primary variants, every one a light hybrid powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, had been as follows (nine-speed computerized gearbox is commonplace):
- C 180, 1,496 cc, 125 kW (170 PS) plus 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm Increase, mixed torque of 250 Nm, ISG & 48 V electrics
- C 200 & C 200 4MATIC, 1,496 cc, 150 kW (204 PS) plus 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm Increase, mixed torque of 300 Nm, ISG & 48 V electrics
- C 300 & C 300 4MATIC, M 254 engine code, 1,999 cc, 190 kW (258 PS) plus 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm Increase, mixed torque of 400 Nm, ISG & 48 V electrics
- C 220 d, OM 654 M engine code, 1,992 cc, 147 kW (200 PS) plus 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm Increase, mixed torque of 440 Nm, ISG & 48 V electrics
- C 300 d, OM 654 M engine code, 1,992 cc, 195 kW (265 PS) plus 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm Increase, mixed torque of 550 Nm, ISG & 48 V electrics
Mercedes Benz USA imports solely the C 300 and C 300 4MATIC. Additionally, there is no such thing as a US construct with this era because the Vance/Tuscaloosa plant wants all of the capability it has to provide many in-demand SUVs.
See hyperlink to PLDB (backside of this web page) for additional manufacturing particulars in addition to notes on the C-Class’ platform and different knowledge.
Might 2019 noticed the launch of the prevailing CLA-Class, so a facelift needs to be coming in 2023 and a successor in mid-2026. The Taking pictures Brake isn’t anticipated to get replaced.
The CLE-Class is to be a brand new mannequin which is meant to compete with the Audi A5 in addition to two-door variations of the BMW 4 Collection. There can be each coupe and cabriolet our bodies.
These two automobiles will change the previous C-Class Coupe and C-Class Cabriolet and in time, the equivalents within the E-Class vary. Sources have indicated that exports to the USA will not be anticipated. See PLDB for extra particulars.
The following E-Class is venture BR 214 (W 214). There’ll once more be commonplace and prolonged size sedans plus an property however successors for the coupe and cabriolet are unlikely. This can most likely even be the ultimate E-Class to be powered by combustion engines. Manufacturing is because of start in the course of the first half of 2023.
Will the C 219 CLS-Class have a direct successor? Insiders recommend not, notably as the usual wheelbase EQE is about the identical dimension. The present sedan dates to early 2018 so it needs to be phased out throughout 2025.
Replacements for the Citan and Citan Tourer small van/minivan mannequin sequence would once more be provided by Renault, in line with an August 2019 assertion to the media. Mercedes-Benz Vans then introduced that the passenger model would change names, turning into T-Class.
Revealed to the media just a few days in the past, all variations of the T-Class have sliding facet doorways and are primarily based on a shared Daimler-Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi structure. The usual wheelbase variations are 4,498 mm lengthy and Mercedes-Benz says “a long-wheelbase variant with as much as seven seats will comply with”.
It isn’t clear why it is going to have taken so lengthy for this car to hit the market: the third era Renault Kangoo with which it shares a lot was introduced in November 2020 forward of its NH spring market launch.
In November 2020 Mercedes-Benz itself famous that the then subsequent Citan, which is the van model of the T-Class, can be due for launch within the second half of 2021. Gross sales would start throughout the next months, the corporate said in September 2021. Confusingly, there may be additionally a passenger model of the Citan. That is referred to as Citan Tourer.
The 4 launch variations can be as follows (deliveries start in July):
- T 160 – 1,461 cc, 4 cylinders, 75 kW & 200 Nm
- T 180 – 1,461 cc, 4 cylinders, 96 kW & 240 Nm
- T 160 d – 1,332 cc, 4 cylinders, 70 kW & 260 Nm
- T 180 d – 1,332 cc, 4 cylinders, 85 kW & 270 Nm
The size of the anticipated life cycle in addition to different particulars may be present in PLDB.
The following era Sprinter vary will embody not solely combustion engine van, ambulance and flatbed pick-up variants however eGrocery transporter, eSprinter and ‘Individuals Mover’ derivatives too. These particulars had been made official in March 2021, together with a press release that manufacturing would happen in three crops: North Charleston (South Carolina, USA) plus Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde (Germany). Every website would see round €50 million spent on upgrades forward of construct commencing within the second half of 2023.
Studies for a lot of different producers’ future fashions are grouped within the OEM product technique summaries part of Simply Auto.
Future platform intelligence
Extra element on previous, present and forthcoming fashions may be present in PLDB, the longer term autos database which is a part of Globals Knowledge’s Automotive Intelligence Center.
That is the primary of 4 experiences wanting on the present and future fashions of Mercedes-Benz Group’s passenger car manufacturers. Different options to comply with later in Might will concentrate on Mercedes SUVs, then Mercedes-AMG autos plus Mercedes-EQ EVs and Maybach.