Mercedes-Benz may enjoy a stake in Renault and even borrow some of its motors for cars based on the MFA platform like the A and B-Class, but it wants to take it a step further.
According to news articles on the web, Mercedes-Benz is looking to develop an SUV smaller than the currently-in-development GLA. The GLA, designed to take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 is up for launch in 2014, but come 2016 it will be joined by an even smaller SUV. The name floating around is the GLG and will be a sort of mini G-Wagen if the reports are to be believed.
Mercedes-Benz in conjunction with Renault is looking to share the Modular Front Architecture for a host of products, with M-B likely to develop two sets of wheelbases, varying track widths and with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive architecture. Delve deeper and the usual set of reasons; better economies of scale, common engines and parts come to the fore. It will take on the likes of the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun in the B-segment SUV space, albeit with a higher price tag than either of them. The shorter wheelbase of the GLG SUV on the MFA platform is also likely to underpin a hatch smaller than the A-Class, to take on the Citroen DS3 and Fiat 500 and the platform could possibly have other derivatives too. It's also entirely possible that Mercedes-Benz could badge the new range of cars differently, with the creation of a different sub-brand quite likely.
Renault, whose B-segment SUV, the Duster has met with critical success will go through a generation change in 2016-17 and the fit does seem to make sense. Keep watching this space for more developments.
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