Mercedes-Benz has announced it will launch 12 all-new or updated models in 2019, including multiple compact models, SUVs and the first-ever model from its all-electric EQ range, the EQC.
Released as part of a yearly sales press release, the roadmap reveals the carmaker’s launch plans for the next year, starting with the eVito electric medium van that will debut either late this year or early 2019.
Like the eSprinter large van, due for release at the end of the year, the eVito will eventually be brought to Australia, but countries with greater EV integration will be prioritised first.
The recently revealed second-generation GLE large SUV will be the first passenger-oriented model to launch in the first quarter, with initial Australian deliveries to commence in April.
This will be followed by the all-new third-gen B-Class tallboy hatch, also likely to launch late in the first quarter, however local launch timing is yet to be confirmed.
Next up will be the refreshed V-Class people-mover, which is set for a global launch in the first half, but has yet to been revealed in updated form.
Following the release of the new-gen A-Class last year, the related CLA four-door sedan will arrive in the first half of 2019, followed by the Shooting Brake wagon version towards the end of the year. Both models – built on the same MFA2 platform as the A-Class and B-Class – are still due to be revealed, as is Australian timing.
The GLC medium SUV and its Coupe sibling are both due for their first update since launching in late 2015 and late 2016 respectively, with a global release set for mid-year.
One of Benz’s most anticipated launches is the EQC all-electric medium SUV, due to launch globally mid-year ahead of its local arrival sometime later.
The GLS upper-large SUV, still yet to be revealed in new-generation guise, will launch in the second half to take on the recently-revealed BMW X7, as well as the Range Rover, Lexus LX and Infiniti QX80.
An as-yet-unnamed eighth compact model is due for launch at the end of the year, widely believed to be the GLB compact crossover recently spied testing in Europe. There is no news of a new-gen GLA small SUV to match its A-Class sibling, suggesting an early 2020 arrival.
Lastly, an “upgraded” version of the Smart city car will go on sale before the year is out, however the brand is not currently offered in Australia. Once the brand moves to all-electric motivation in 2020, the brand’s local arm has expressed an interest in potentially returning Down Under.
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