Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will produce a high-riding compact SUV built on the versatile MFA platform that underpins its new A-Class hatch.
The new model will expand the Mercedes-Benz' range in the hugely popular SUV market, entering beneath the midsized GLK, which is not currently offered in Australia.
The news was announced at the carmaker's Rastatt plant in Germany, where the new crossover will be produced alongside the A-Class and the new B-Class, already on sale in Australia.
"This start of production marks a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy. The A-Class represents our offensive in the compact segment," Mercedes boss Dieter Zetche said.
"And there is more to come: The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt."
Reports out of Europe suggest the new model will be named GLA, in-line with the carmaker's revised naming strategy - the GL representing its status as an SUV, and the A signifying its small-car proportions.
Launch timing for the new compact SUV has not been revealed, although we can likely expect a glimpse of the new model in the coming year.
The new A-Class range, including the high-performance A 45 AMG, is expected to reach Australia early in 2013.
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