Speaking with Auto Express, Benz’ research and development boss Thomas Weber reportedly said that the expanded C-Class range will go beyond the upcoming convertible and coupe models.
"We will continue with variants that you know, plus some more expansion," Mr Weber said.
"With four plants producing C-Class we have a clear message that we will grow. It is now possible to be much faster and with less money for new models."
Mr Weber all but confirmed that a four-door coupe based on the C-Class was a consideration for Mercedes, saying the carmaker was looking to fill any perceived gap in its model line-up.
"There is room between the CLA and the CLS, we are intensively looking at remaining niches that will provide us with profitability and growth," Mr Weber said.
Such a gap may see the ‘CLC’ name revived for a four-door model to rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, with the CLC badge last seen on the rump of a two-door C-Class coupe before the model was phased out.
The 2014 C-Class sedan is set to arrive in Australia from July, with local Senior PR Manager David McCarthy confident it can outsell the Mazda6.
Beyond the C-Class, Mr Weber reportedly said that the Mercedes Formula 1 team would play a more active role in the future development of road cars, with the carmaker even considering a “high-end series production of road cars”, based on AMG models.
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