The new Mercedes CLA saloon will be the first of the companys new small cars to be available with a four-wheel-drive option.
The all-wheel-drive CLA is set to go on sale in the UK in September and heralds a much larger range of four-wheel-drive Mercedes, and a greater number that will be available in the UK.
Thomas Weber, Mercedes head of research, admitted that the company would soon be selling 60 models with four-wheel drive, including the newly launched E-Class AMG. Even more models are likely to get the option; this could even include sports cars such as the SL and next-generation SLS, he admitted to What Car?.
However, theres no likelihood of Mercedes saloons and sportscars ditching the option of rear-wheel drive.
Its not our strategy because not all customers want all-wheel drive as standard, and it adds up to 70kg to every car, Weber admitted.