Mercedes-Benz has just launched its new Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand which is tasked with building ultra-luxurious versions of the German automaker’s already plush autos. The first model from Mercedes-Maybach is a stretched version of the S-Class but there will be more, including an extra-long S-Class Pullman and a pimped-out version of the upcoming GLS SUV (GL-Class facelift).
Now, in an interview with Automotive News (subscription required), Mercedes’ U.S. chief Steve Cannon has revealed that the next-generation E-Class may also receive the Mercedes-Maybach treatment. He didn’t give any further details about the car, though should it be given the green light we can imagine it featuring a longer wheelbase than the standard E-Class and a unique, lounge-like seating arrangement in the rear. The model will most likely be aimed at the Chinese market where a long-wheelbase E-Class is already sold.
During the interview, Canon also revealed that the next-generation A-Class is being considered for sale in the U.S. market. Mercedes will build its next-generation compacts at a plant in Mexico (which will also be used to build new Infiniti compacts) and given the common underpinnings of the cars we could easily see production of the next A-Class take place on the same line as the next versions of the CLA and GLA.
Canon said the next A-Class will “change” from what we’re used to, and that additional compact cars will help Mercedes meet the 2025 corporate average fuel economy mandate of 54.5 mpg. The first of Mercedes’ next-generation compacts is due to enter production in 2018. The cars will be based on a new version of the MFA compact car platform found in Mercedes’ current compact range.