Mercedes-Benz has officially ruled out the possibility of launching a MINI competitor in the medium term.

Mercedes-Benz has officially ruled out the possibility of launching a MINI competitor in the medium term.

Daimler's boss Dieter Zetsche is excluding the possibility of a MINI rival to slot below the A-Class in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. However, he does admit "there's an opportunity for a supermini" but it would be hard for the German automaker to make a profit which such a model which if made would fill the gap between the upcoming Smart ForFour and the A-Class.

Zetsche did say that "further down the line, it's a possibility" but he didn't provide a certain timetable. Earlier this year in March a report emerged saying Mercedes-Benz will introduce the X-Class in 2018 which will compete with BMW's forthcoming front-wheel drive models. The same report mentioned this car will be based on the next-gen Renault Clio but with a different exterior and a more premium cabin. It is believed this rumored X-Class will be manufactured in a "low-wage" country and will have a starting price of less than 20,000 EUR.

Dieter Zetsche told Autocar during 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show there will be a fifth model based on the MFA platform after the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and the recently unveiled GLA. He didn't specify what sort of car the tri-pointed star company will launch but back in April design boss Gordon Wagener said an estate will come out in 2014 which will probably have the more appealing shooting brake body style.

Note: Mercedes-Benz MINI rival speculative render pictured.

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