Mercedes-Benz X-Class mini-hatchback to hit in 2018

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As if the Mercedes-Benz A-Class wasn’t small enough, the company is planning for an even smaller hatchback in 2018. According to Autobild, the Mercedes-Benz mini-hatchback will be based on the smaller next-generation Renault Clio.

It has been reported that the mini-hatchback will be called the X-Class (Oh yeah, that’s original.) Mercedes-Benz plans to have its X-Class compete against the likes of the Audi A1 and MINI models.

Initially, the company plans to produce about 100,000 and 150,000 units of the X-Class per year, and it will come in a range of a hatchback, crossover, coupe and even perhaps a roadster version as well.

As of speculation, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be priced at under €20,000 ($26,000), and it will carry  a low displacement engine or with a turbo and direct injection system to provide optimum fuel ratio.