Mercedes Eyeing Crossovers For Maybach, Smart Brands
Not too long ago, Mercedes didn’t have plans for either a Maybach or smart crossover. Looks like those plans have changed.
Should the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand gain a crossover to place alongside the S600 and Pullman models, sales and marketing boss Ola Kallenius says the Mercedes GLS set for 2017 would be “the more likely scenario,” Autocar reports.
The GLS would differ from the current GL/GLS model, as it would be based upon the S-Class’ current architecture to better go up against other high-end luxury SUVs and crossovers. It would also be powered by the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 found in the S600 as well as a 4.0-liter V8 possible for tax purposes in China. Diesel, however, would be out of the question, as Mercedes expects to move the GLS in China and the U.S. where diesel isn’t on the radar of most motorists.
Meanwhile, smart could gain an SUV or crossover based on the forfour/Renault Twingo platform, a move that would bring greater use to said platform beyond its current role. The vehicle would likely improve smart’s long-term profit margins, though Daimler AG chief Dieter Zetsche cautions there would be some engineering challenges involved with the platform’s rear-engine, rear-drive design.
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I think Smart is pretty much finished, don't know that I'd bother with doing a crossover just for it. The required styling alone would mean it can't be too close to a MB model. The Maybach GL Gilded Luxury SUV Asia Deluxe is a good idea though, big profit.
Look out Aston Martin! Smartbach is about to turn the Cygnet up to 11!