MUSKOKA LAKES, Ontario -- Mercedes-Benz may expand its compact front-wheel-drive lineup when a second generation debuts in 2018, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche said.
"We are considering the final portfolio of the next generation of our compact cars," Zetsche said in an interview at a press event here. "We have to define it and we may expand the portfolio."
The lineup has four nameplates. The four-door CLA with coupe styling goes on sale in the United States in September. The five-door B class will be sold in the United States as an electric vehicle next spring.
The GLA crossover will go on sale in the United States in September 2014. The production version of the GLA will be shown at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The three-door A class is not sold in the United States.
Zetsche did not say what models may be added when the second generation arrives in 2018, but there has been speculation about a CLA convertible and two-door roadster.
Meanwhile, he said Mercedes will add a fifth model to the fwd lineup next year, but said that it will not be sold in the United States.
He declined to give specifics, but there have been reports of a larger CLS station wagon based on the CLA.