Mercedes-Benz A-Class roadster rendering

Rendering: Mercedes planning A-Class based Audi TT rival

March 18, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class which will be based on the Modular Front Architecture 2 (MFA2), will spawn a new Audi TT rival, as per a fresh report from AutoBild.

The MFA platform has already been used in the hatchback, sedan and crossover segments. Now the company plans to extend the use of this platform’s updated version to the roadster segment, as per the report. While the SLK-Class is already present as a strong rival of the TT, at-least in the U.S. which is has a large market for roadsters and where the annual sales of the SLK-Class were around three times that of the TT in 2014. Reports last year have indicated that the next-generation SLK-Class will arrive in 2018 and will be based on the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform.

So, it is clear that the A-Class based TT rival won’t be a replacement for the SLK-Class. Perhaps, what the German automaker could be having in mind, is to introduce a sub-SLK-Class roadster. The company showed its interest in an A-Class based roadster with the Vision SLA concept which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2000. The small roadster could give a significant boost to the slowing segment.

Mercedes-Benz SLA-Class front three quarters left

Eventually, the new small roadster could be given the ‘SLA-Class’ moniker. The report says that the new roadster is likely to arrive in 2019. The production costs of this roadster should be low as it share its underpinnings and components with the MFA-platform based vehicles.

[Source: AutoBild via Inautonews]

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