Mercedes-Benz will discontinue a number of fashions because it reshapes its portfolio within the coming years, in response to a report by Car and Driver. Between markets in Europe and the US, the German carmaker at present presents 33 physique types, however solely 14 will survive the reduce.
The deliberate downsizing of the line-up is aimed toward boosting earnings, with merchandise which can be tailor-made for prolonged personalised mobility companies, easing the strain on the motive force and redefining creature consolation as a key model worth. That is mentioned to spice up earnings on the expense of emotional merchandise equivalent to wagons, coupes and convertibles, however not all of them.
“On the finish of the day, we merely don’t want property vehicles [wagons] or underperforming two-door choices to spice up volumes. Probably the most important parts of sustainable up to date luxurious vehicles are house and time. That’s our primary precedence — not one other fancy physique type, a mannequin that solely works in Europe, or one final stab at a dying phase,” a senior member of Mercedes-Benz’s technique staff instructed the US publication.
Mercedes-Benz autos which can be on their means out embrace coupe and convertible variations of the C-Class and E-Class, that are as a consequence of be dropped someday between 2023 and 2024. These can be changed by a single mannequin reportedly known as the CLE.
In the meantime, coupe-like SUVs and sedans may even be faraway from the line-up, with the CLS set to depart in 2024, and the GT 4-Door Coupe set to observe in 2024 or 2025. New generations of the GLE and GLC Coupes will debut within the coming years, however they gained’t be lengthy for this world after that.
As for wagons, the C-Class Property can be round till 2028, whereas the next-generation E-Class (replaces the W213) will welcome its remaining wagon model earlier than manufacturing ends in 2030. The CLA can also be accessible as a wagon (known as the Taking pictures Brake), and can nonetheless be supplied in mentioned physique type in its subsequent technology due in 2025, though this can be its final.
It isn’t all doom and gloom although, as there can be a brand new Mercedes-AMG GT coupe that’s reportedly primarily based on the present SL roadster, which itself is alleged to realize a Maybach model. In 2026, a brand new four-door coupe, a next-generation SL and a brand new AMG GT Coupe – all of which can be electrical – are set to make their debut.
The Mercedes-Benz Modular Structure (MMA) used for EVs will underpin a brand new GLG SUV in 2026, with the platform anticipated to accommodate battery capacities of as much as 150 kWh for ranges close to 805 km, even greater energy outputs and an 800-volt electrical structure for quick charging.
The carmaker’s plans additionally features a larger emphasis on AMG and Maybach fashions, with its new Mythos sub-brand additionally set to launch low-volume specials catering to devoted (and wealthy) lovers in addition to collectors.