Mercedes-Benz is considering a number of possible derivatives for its passenger cars including ‘Allroad’ variants for the Mercedes C-Class and E-Class, according to Motoring.com.au. These variants are being studied as more off-road-styled, adventure-focused versions of the C-Class Estate and E-Class Estate. While rival Audi already offers such versions of its A4 and A6 Avant, Mercedes-Benz seems to be a little doubtful on the success of such derivatives, as only select markets have demand for them.
Such derivatives would not be offered for the sedans though. Matthias Lührs, Head of Sales and Product Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, told the publication that the company is not interested in a Volvo S60 Cross Country-like sedan crossover. Speaking about a 7-seat GLE-Class, he confirmed that they don’t have such plans as of now. The decisions on the crossover/SUV models depend on the regional customer needs, mainly those of China and USA which are two big markets for that segment. Europe too has a significant influence.