The German brand already took a giant step on the appeal of the compact car for the current model with a much sportier stance compared to the old boxy version. Luckily for us, that hasn't gone far enough for the bigwigs at the top.

The next generation Mercedes A-Class is still a good four years away from launch, but the planning process is already hitting top gear. According to a report filed by Germany-based Autobild, the standard hatchback will be joined by sedan, coupe, roadster and shooting brake body styles.

The German brand already took a giant step on the appeal of the compact car for the current model with a much sportier stance compared to the old boxy version. Luckily for us, that hasn't gone far enough for the bigwigs at the top.

In 2018, we will see the launch of the five-door hatchback that will be quickly followed by a sedan – the first time the body style has appeared in the range. The reason for the introductionis quite logical and simple to explain. The chief rivals for the Mercedes A-Class range are the BMW 1-series and the Audi A3, both of which already have a sedan variant on the market.

A year later in 2019, Mercedes will launch Coupe, Roadster and Shooting Brake body styles. The Coupe and Roadster will focus its sights squarely on the Audi TT market while the Shooting Brake will be developed purely for the European market and is likely to be the final variant in the range.

Click though to the source link for some pretty nifty renderings of what the variants could look like.

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Next generation Mercedes A-Class to have sedan, coupe, roadster & shooting brake variants