Mercedes-Benz is rapidly expanding its lineup with new SUVs, with models like the subcompact GLA and midsized GLE Coupe being introduced in the past 12 months and additional models like a compact GLC Coupe and an ultra-luxurious Maybach SUV still in the works. But the automaker sees room for even more additions due to the seemingly insatiable thirst for high-riding models around the globe. And according to a new report, one possibility is an Audi A4 Allroad-like soft-roader based on an existing Mercedes station wagon.
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“We are studying this at the moment but it's not confirmed,” Mercedes vice president of sales and product management Matthias Luehrs told Drive, when quizzed about a potential A4 Allroad rival. “We are looking obviously at E-Class and C-Class.”
Though in the U.S. Audi only offers the A4 Allroad, overseas there exists an A6 Allroad so conceivably we could see Mercedes launch soft-roader versions of both the C-Class and E-Class wagons. Volvo, too, will be competing in both size categories eventually, with its V60 Cross Country already on sale and a V90 Cross Country expected to be launched at some point to replace the aging XC70.
Should a new soft-roader based on the C-Class wagon be introduced, it means we might finally see a version of the uber-stylish longroof on sale in these parts. Soft-roader requirements include a raised ride height, underbody protection and standard all-wheel drive.