While practical and relatively low-riding wagons are beloved by the internet commentariat, Mercedes-Benz reportedly believes the cost of developing this body style is no longer justified by their sales.
According to sources who have spoken to Automobilwoche, executives believe there isn’t enough demand for wagons, especially in large, profitable markets such as China and the US.
The first reported victim of this decision is the CLA Shooting Brake, which won’t be replaced when the company’s entry-level models are redesigned in 2025.
With the latest C-Class wagon only having debuted last year, it’s likely it will soldier on until 2028 or 2029.
If this report proves to be true, the last wagon for the brand will be the E-Class. With the next-generation model expected to launch in 2023 and likely to be available in both sedan and wagon guises, this five-door load hauler should live on until 2030.
This reported move will come as a surprise to many, especially given wagons are more popular than their sedan siblings in some European markets.
With the need to spend billions of euros on new dedicated EV models and autonomous driving technology, Mercedes-Benz has made no secret of the fact that it is trying to winnow down the number of models offered with internal combustion engines.
The automaker will also roll the C-Class and E-Class coupe and convertible range into one model line, expected to be known as the CLE.
While these cars have fallen by the wayside, Mercedes-Benz has launched the EQS and EQE sedans based on its new EV-only MEA platform.
These will soon be joined by the EQS SUV and EQE SUV. It seems, though, there will be no EQS wagon or EQE wagon in our future.