Thomas Weber, the head of research and development at Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the brand is pursuing the most aggressive new model development in its history. Mercedes-Benz will release 12 all-new models with by 2020 the expand the model line-up. Most of 12 models do not have any direct predecessors.
Weber broke the news at the opening ceremony of Mercedes-Benz’s new development center in Beijing, China earlier this week. This news follows a recent announcement in which the company confirmed it was planning to add 10 new plug-in hybrid models to it’s current line-up. Tougher European Union emission requirements which will come into effect in 2020 is propelling Mercedes-Benz to add these more efficient models to reduce overall fleet consumption.
Weber confirmed that these 12 new models will be added in addition to regular updates of other models, “It is additional to our regular development activities for the replacement of existing models and will significantly strengthen our position within the market.”
The news also comes on the heels of a new naming strategy for the GLK, M-class, and GL-class which are set to adopt new GLC, GLE, and GLS model names.
Although specifics on the 12 new models have not been released yet we do have some preliminary insight as to what they may be. The new W222 S-class will spawn a ultra luxurious Mercedes-Maybach and a Maybach Pullman limo. There will also be a Shooting Brake version of the CLA, a C-Class Cabriolet, and GLE Coupe models.
Look to us for more information on these 12 new models in the future.