Competition has always been heated between the German automakers, especially Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. One market Audi and BMW are in that Mercedes is not is the small, entry level coupe. Audi, with the TT, and BMW, with the 2-Series, have had one less competitor to worry about – until now. Mercedes seems to be prepping to enter the fray.
The Mercedes-Benz entry level coupe will supposedly hit roadways in 2020. Officially unnamed, the coupe will ride on the second generation MFA platform. You can also find the MFA platform in the A-, B-, CLA-, and GLA-Class vehicles.
To compete with the Audi TT, the coupe will fit four occupants and have more than 12 cubic feet of trunk space with all four passengers in the car. Mercedes is putting emphasis on daily practicality so more trunk space is a necessity rather than a luxury.
Specifications are slim but odds are a front wheel drive and four cylinder gasoline and diesel engines (joint development by Mercedes and Renault-Nissan) will fill out under the hood. Of course, an AMG-tuned model will follow with a turbo 2L four cylinder that can rock 400 hp.
If rumors are true, expect to see the coupe at a 2017 or 2018 auto show as a concept car. If it goes on sale in 2020, we’ll see it as a production model in 2019.
While the entry level coupe is still a few years off, you can stop in to Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead to see what else Mercedes-Benz has to offer in terms of style, speed, and luxury.