Mercedes-Benz's next A-Class may feature a 3-door hatch, a cabriolet and a shooting brake variant.

Mercedes-Benz is providing a few more hints about adding extra variants to both the A-Class and B-Class range.

We've reported before on the possible variants of the upcoming 2012 B-Class. This time, the automaker says it is mulling additional body styles for the A-Class too.

"We've got some more ideas, for example a three-door version of the A class, a convertible or a shooting brake," said Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing head Joachim Schmidt to Automotive News Europe.

Mercedes-Benz had previously confirmed that it was developing a coupe and crossover variant of the A/B-Class based on the same MFA platform on which it builds its entire compact range.

In the last set of spy shots of the next-generation B-Class (re-published here), we saw a more conventional-looking hatch than the current model. That's perhaps to make room for both the sedan and SUV/crossover variants of the B-Class.

Mercedes-Benz is in discussions with partner Renault-Nissan on sharing that platform with Infiniti for an entry-level model for that premium marque.

"Yes, discussions (with Renault-Nissan) about basing an entry-level Infiniti on our compact car platform are still proceeding. But we have not made a decision yet," said Schmidt.

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