Mercedes X-Class coming in 2018, could be based on the Renault Clio

Mercedes-Benz MINI rival speculative render
Mercedes-Benz MINI rival speculative render / TheophilusChin.com

Range could include a crossover and a sedan or hatchback

Mercedes is reportedly considering a lineup of entry-level models that would slot below the A-Class and wear the X-Class moniker.

Envisioned to battle BMW's front-wheel drive vehicles, the X-Class will reportedly be launched in 2018 and ride on the next-generation Renault Clio platform. In order to keep costs down, the X-Class will be heavily influenced by Renault-Nissan. This will probably strike fear into fans of the tri-pointed star but the model is slated to have unique styling and a "decent" interior with high-tech options.

Power will reportedly be provided by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine as well as 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Little else is known about them but they are rumored to have direct injection and turbocharging.

The X-Class will likely be built in a "low-wage" country and have a base price of less than €20,000 ($25,960 / £17,245). Crossover and sedan / hatchback variants are rumored and production could hit 100,000 to 150,000 units annually.

Note: a render of the rear view can be seen at theophiluschin.com.

Source: Autobild

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Well the new A-Class already has a Dacia engine so it was logical they went further... but I think its a stupid idea.
Mar 15th, 2013 11:58pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
Was expected and to be quite honest it was only a matter of time before MB also went downmarket. This is where the money is. This is where you expand your business. People can scoff and point fingers but ultimate this is what has to be done to survive. Lol at the negative comments. Its hard for some people to accept change. A pity really.
Mar 15th, 2013 8:42pm
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efgh efgh
why do all these companies think they can sell the same product with a different badge and a higher price? at least toyota, citroen and peugeot sold their aygo/c1/107 in similar prices.
Mar 15th, 2013 4:42pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
Though a lot of Lexus model are just souped up Toyotas.
Mar 22nd, 2013 5:54am
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That was the reaction we all had when major companies started moving production to China (cars, computers, appliances). I bet that Mercedes can keep decent quality controls on Renault parts. I only hope they take it easy with their design. I don't like Mercedes' new looks with those ugly lights and humongous logo anymore.
Mar 15th, 2013 1:41pm
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Renyeo Renyeo
1.0-liter engine? That'd be Mercedes N-Class. LoL
Mar 15th, 2013 6:22am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
people should remember that when they bash Audi for using VW platforms for the A1 and A3.
Mar 15th, 2013 5:49am
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tumbo tumbo
Oh c'mon, dont give us crap like that. Have you ever sat in a VW and a Renault? Renault is some plastic shiet, while VW has the best built quality. I'm freaking glad that VW and Audi share parts. Best quality you can get.
Mar 15th, 2013 8:42am
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livc44411 livc44411
VW best built quality??!! LOL Their is a difference between perceived quality and actual quality, whats the point of it looking nice if everything underneath just falls apart? Anyway, I suggest you go and buy an actual VAG product (not a poster), live with it for a year and then come back and tell us what you really think
Mar 15th, 2013 11:28am
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hunker7 hunker7
VW isn't as good as Audi is, but then it isn't a premium brand. And VW is well built and put together.
Mar 15th, 2013 12:36pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
tumbo, i think you didn`t get it, cause that´s exactly what i meant
Mar 17th, 2013 8:31pm
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fQation fQation
2018 lol , will we be alive by then ? come on !
Mar 15th, 2013 5:33am
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memexe memexe
You couldn't wait for April first, MB!
Mar 15th, 2013 3:54am
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loki loki
Mar 15th, 2013 12:07am
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hunker7 hunker7
That is exactly what I thought.
Mar 15th, 2013 12:29am
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tumbo tumbo
Mercedes with Renault parts? r.i.p. Mercedes-Benz
Mar 15th, 2013 12:03am
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OsamaS.Husain OsamaS.Husain
Its called 'Joint Venture' 2 or more manufacturers join together to develop cars in order to save costs by sharing parts and benefits from discounts by suppliers therefore sell it in an affordable price.. Also Nissan-Renault will use some of the V8's Mercedes make.
Mar 15th, 2013 9:14am
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hunker7 hunker7
It isn't really rocket science. At the end of a day it is business and they have to maximize their profits. But I want to see what people who have problems with Audi sharing bits with VW will say.
Mar 15th, 2013 9:29am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
You can spec the A-Class with the same diesel engine you find in a Dacia Sandero.
Mar 15th, 2013 1:00pm
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