British media is speculating Mercedes-Benz's rival for the Audi TT will become a reality in 2019.

British media is speculating Mercedes-Benz's rival for the Audi TT will become a reality in 2019.

Lately we have been hearing a few rumors about Daimler's plans for an Audi TT competitor which according to Autocar will ride on the second generation MFA platform (co-developed with the Renault-Nissan alliance) and will be part of the next generation A-Class family. It will allegedly take the shape of a 2+2 coupe with styling derived from the AMG GT, including the liftback configuration which will grant access to a 350-liter trunk.

It will use transversely-mounted engines and will be offered as standard with a FWD layout, but an optional 4MATIC system will be available. There are plans for a range-topping AWD version equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing close to 400 bhp (298 kW). The engine will allegedly be teamed up with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that will grant the vehicle with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in less than four and a half seconds before topping out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h).

Besides the coupe version, Mercedes-Benz is also analyzing the prospects of coming out with a roadster. Company officials have apparently denied the SLK (SLC) will be phased out to make room for this new version. A more practical and spacious compact sedan (compared to the CLA) is apparently in the works as well, along with a GLB crossover to rival the Audi Q1.

Note: Unnamed unofficial Mercedes-Benz Coupe rendered by Theophilus Chin pictured.

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