Last month it was reported that Mercedes-Benz is mulling an A-Class-based sports coupe that will sit below the SLK-Class. Now, a fresh report from Autocar claims to have confirmed through unnamed sources that this sports coupe will not be a version of the next-generation A-Class hatchback, rather, it will be a replacement for the current-generation A-Class hatchback. Although, just like the previous one, the new report also also mentions that the new sports coupe be based on the second-generation Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform.
The report suggests that the future 2+2 coupe is under serious discussion in the recent board member meetings at Mercedes-Benz. Chairman Dieter Zetsche firmly supports this BMW 2-Series-rivaling sports coupe. Of course, a roadster version is also likely. An AMG version that features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces up to 400 bhp and standard four-wheel drive can be expected to top the range. In line with the previous report, the new report also says that if the compact sports coupe is a go, it will be introduced in 2019. If thought as per the company’s new nomenclature system, the sports coupe can be expected to hit the market as the ‘SLA-Class’.
The company has been eyeing an A-Class based compact roadster and the Vision SLA concept that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2000 is a hint at how long the German automaker has been interested in this segment.
[News Source: Autocar]
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