Mercedes To Drop Estates, CLS, AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

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Following the cancellation of the SLC, S-Class Coupe, and S-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes is apparently looking to further simplify its hugely complex lineup in the following years. It's a known fact it'll cut down on the number of compact cars from seven to just four but some of the larger vehicles are also in danger. Car and Driver cite sources from within the automaker claiming the three-pointed star plans to overhaul its portfolio.


As previously reported, the C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet along with the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will morph into a pair of CLE models. The CLS is not long for this world either as the German luxury brand apparently intends to discontinue the swoopy sedan next year. In addition, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is not far behind, with C&D reporting Mercedes will axe the BMW M8 Gran Coupe competitor by the middle of the decade.

We've also heard rumors about the days of wagons being numbered and it would seem there might be some truth in them. Nothing is official at this point, but the E-Class Estate launching in 2024 will shockingly be the last of its kind. Mercedes will allegedly stop selling wagons altogether around 2030, which would imply the C-Class Estate and CLA Shooting Brake are also living on borrowed time. The latter is believed to get a next-gen model later this decade and bow out without a successor at the end of its run.

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Mercedes intends to launch next-gen GLC and GLE Coupe derivatives but these are believed to be the last. In total, C&D has heard from "top managers" that of the 33 body styles currently available, only 14 will survive. It's unclear what exactly "body styles" means in this context but it sure looks like a veritable automotive carnage.

While some of these Benz models could be going the way of the dodo, enthusiasts can take comfort from knowing more AMGs are on the way. Mercedes also wants to bolster Maybach's portfolio and might even do a posh V-Class minivan. According to the same report, new additions to the range could include a double-cab G-Class pickup, a revival of the iconic 300 SL Gullwing, and an SL-based "racy speedster."

 
I guess when each new car model is designed it gets bigger and bigger. The C class has grown so much in size that it is the new E class. The E class has grown so much in size that it is the S class. There is only so far you can go so the C and E becomes one.

As for the E class estate potentially disappearing, that is sad to hear. It's like one of the core brand of Mercedes but I guess the consumer is all moving to SUV so the days of the estate is dying. As more cars are on the roads, we look for smaller footprint (despite each evolution getting bigger 🥴 ) and SUV have a smaller footprint than an estate plus we all need taller cars to see the traffic in front to compete with all the other growing SUVs in front of us.
 
Tis a curious thing.

The public buys hatchbacks and small SUV's but car enthusiasts and journalists wax lyrical about Estate cars.

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Yeah 95% of people do not give a monkeys what they drive. Hence that top 10.

Cheap cheerful get you A to B jobs
I understand the cheap and cheerful.

Just don’t understand the SUV rather than estate thing.

The Ford Focus and Golf Estates are excellent things. Far more useful for young families or as lifestyle estates. (Bikes, boats, team sports…. Do many get sold? Hardly any.
 
I understand the cheap and cheerful.

Just don’t understand the SUV rather than estate thing.

The Ford Focus and Golf Estates are excellent things. Far more useful for young families or as lifestyle estates. (Bikes, boats, team sports…. Do many get sold? Hardly any.
I have no idea.

I also don't get it 🤷🏻‍♂️
Looks good for the school run i guess

The condition of the road network would also play a part. The roads are that bad you probably do need an SUV in some parts
 
Just don’t understand the SUV rather than estate thing.

I also don't get it 🤷🏻‍♂️
Looks good for the school run i guess

The condition of the road network would also play a part. The roads are that bad you probably do need an SUV in some parts

I believe for most people the driving position is a huge reason for their choice. Obviously SUV's give the driver a high vantage point of viewing the world around them. Plus sitting high gives a sense of being safer if involved in a RTA.

I must agree, losing the option of an estate isn't someone I look forward to.
 
My guess is that it's all to do with platform[chassis] development. Mercedes may end up with two platforms- a frontwheel drive one and a rear wheel drive one. Just like the USA where for many years the most popular body style has been the pickup truck, in Europe the equivalent is been the increasing popularity of the SUV in all shapes and sizes. From a manufacturing point of view with an eye to the future -- their greater size, larger wheels, robust suspension and greater ground clearance make them more adaptable to produce EV versions on the same production lines?? The danger lies that they could "rationalise " their way out of the market altogether.
 
I believe for most people the driving position is a huge reason for their choice. Obviously SUV's give the driver a high vantage point of viewing the world around them. Plus sitting high gives a sense of being safer if involved in a RTA.

I must agree, losing the option of an estate isn't someone I look forward to.
Strange though as i wouldn't think SUV drivers are benefitting from this higher vantage point 🤣🤣

Their driving skills certainly don't seem to be benefitting from it 🤷🏻‍♂️
 
Choosing car body style - and SUV or estate specifically - is like choosing a favourite car brand, favourite colour or favourite food, it’s just personal preference and it’s possible for that preference to change over time, and it’s possible to have multiple preferences.

I like SUVs. Our every-day every-purpose cars are SUV/s and have been for many years - we even hold on to them when they’re retired from active service. I can’t really explain why, we just like them. We’ve had an estate in that time, but only one and it was short lived and wasn’t replaced.

I completely understand why people would choose or prefer something else though.
 
Strange though as i wouldn't think SUV drivers are benefitting from this higher vantage point 🤣🤣

Their driving skills certainly don't seem to be benefitting from it 🤷🏻‍♂️
On some roundabout I see the approach partitioned by hedge growth. These are cut to a level to discriminate - you can only see the traffic approach from the right if you are in an SUV :(
 

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