The Mercedes model range expends, new electric models arrive. Daimler AG (owner of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands) is considering the possibility to cease Smart.
Renault plans to withdraw from Smart manufacturing after its own Forfour and Twingo models complete their life cycle. In this case, Daimler, most likely, will also give up the Smart brand.
Smart may disappear before 2026 or even earlier. Not to leave the segment, Daimler may decide to launch an own Mercedes-Benz supermini model to compete with the Audi A1 and Mini.
The new model will be based on the current A-Class. The latter will complete its life cycle by 2025. There are plans to develop an all-new flexible MX1 platform, which will serve as the basis for all future Mercedes-Benz models.
Earlier, the company had already discussed with BMW a possible joint development of the MX1 and the larger MX2, but the Bavarians solved to refuse from cooperation.