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Mercedes roadmap confirms rumors, raises questions

by Ronan Glon

Will a two-door GLA join the lineup, or was it a typo?

A slide from a product presentation has revealed Daimler's plans for the coming year.

Mercedes-Benz is on track to introduce no less than nine new or redesigned models. These include a facelifted S-Class, and a more rugged version of the brand new E-Class station wagon aimed squarely at Audi's allroad. The E-Class lineup is also set to receive new coupe and convertible variants, while the company will introduce a pickup based on the Nissan Navara at the end of next year.

Interestingly, the original version of the presentation (pictured in our gallery) showed a model dubbed GLA Coupe. The slide was quickly amended, and the coupe's spot has been filled by a simply a facelifted version of the GLA crossover. Mercedes hasn't commented on the change. The GT R that debuted last month is also listed as one of the new models.

The slide also confirms that Mercedes-AMG is working on a topless version of the GT called GT C. It lists a coupe version of the GT C, which has fueled rumors that the 911-fighting model will receive a new engine next year. Although pure speculation, the GT C could be a more affordable model positioned at the bottom of the lineup.

Daimler's smart division will contribute to the model offensive by introducing electric versions of both the fortwo and the forfour. However, there's still no sign of the on-again, off-again smart crossover.

Mercedes' model blitz will kick off this fall during the Paris Auto Show, and we'll be in the French capital to bring you live images of all the action.

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