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

 Mercedes X-Class coming in 2018, could be based on the Renault Clio
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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Comments (19)

 LWE7 LWE7
Well the new A-Class already has a Dacia engine so it was logical they went further... but I think its a stupid idea.
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March 15, 2013 4:58 pm
 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.
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March 15, 2013 1:42 pm
 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.
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March 15, 2013 9:42 am
 PAA PAA
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.
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March 15, 2013 6:41 am
 Renyeo Renyeo
1.0-liter engine? That'd be Mercedes N-Class. LoL
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March 14, 2013 11:22 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
people should remember that when they bash Audi for using VW platforms for the A1 and A3.
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March 14, 2013 10:49 pm
 fQation fQation
2018 lol , will we be alive by then ? come on !
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March 14, 2013 10:33 pm
 memexe memexe
You couldn't wait for April first, MB!
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March 14, 2013 8:54 pm
 loki loki
Aaaaaahahahaha.
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March 14, 2013 5:07 pm
 tumbo tumbo
Mercedes with Renault parts? r.i.p. Mercedes-Benz
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March 14, 2013 5:03 pm