Mercedes C-Class range to expand beyond saloon and estate

Mercedes C-Class Estate 2014 side
Credits: Nathan Morgan
21 May, 2014 3:05pm Steve Fowler

The Mercedes C-Class range is set to expand beyond the traditional variants

The new Mercedes C-Class range will expand into new areas, according to Mercedes R & D boss Thomas Weber.

Speaking to Auto Express, Weber said that we should expect a coupe and convertible model as before, plus some body styles. "We will continue with variants that you know," said Weber, "plus some more expansion."

"With four plants producing C-Class we have a clear message that we will grow. It is now possible to be much faster and with less money for new models."

Asked whether the possibility of another four door coupe was possible based on the C-Class, Weber said: "Yes, there is room between the CLA and the CLS - we are intensively looking at remaining niches that will provide us with profitability and growth."

Weber also confirmed that the C-Class-based GLK SUV will also be coming to the UK for the first time in right-hand drive form - the previous model was only available in left-hand drive. The C-Class will also be sold exclusively in China in long wheelbase form, with the platform also available for other future models.

Meanwhile, Mercedes successful F1 team will be playing a more active role in road car development. The SLS full electric was built at the F1 factory in Brixworth and Weber said that the team will definitely play a big role in the future. "We have some big ideas with AMG, some engineering studies, maybe a high-end series production of road cars," he said.