Mercedes-Benz is slated to reveal a new compact car at this month’s Shanghai Motor Show. Motor1 reports the news was confirmed by Marco Ebler, product manager for Mercedes compact cars, during a media event in Hungary. The news comes as little surprise, given Mercedes’ plan is to ultimately have eight compact vehicles in its lineup.
Today Stuttgart offers five compact vehicles, which include the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, A-Class and B-Class. Of the five, only the CLA and GLA are currently sold in the U.S.
Recent reports have suggested the Shanghai reveal will be a concept version of the A-Class sedan as it is rumored to launch sometime in 2018. The A-Class is expected to be built on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA platform, which means the car will be front-wheel-drive and slot between the CLA and C-Class in terms of hierarchy.
Mercedes previewed the design of the A-Class sedan with the Aesthetics A Sculpture, pictured above.