The upcoming A-Class SUV will likely be named the GLA and will share a similar four-cylinder engine with the hatchback model. Mercedes-Benz said the Rastatt plant will produce up to five models in the A-Class family including the hatchback, the B-Class as well as the compact SUV.
The automaker said that it will invest a total €1.2 (S$1.85) billion in the Rastatt plant for the production of the new compact models. These new investments are slated for modifications of the assembly and corresponding equipment installations in the bodyshell production. According to Mercedes, since mid-June, it has received more than 40,000 orders, and has already delivered over 70,000 B-Class vehicles since its launch in November 2011.
The A-Class is the company's second compact model, following the new B-Class at Rastatt in September 2011 and at the new Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary at the end of March 2012.