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Mercedes-Benz is working on the new 'O-Class'. The German automotive company has filed a series trademark at the European Intellectual Property Office for a range of 'O-Class' products, on February 4, 2019. As of now, nobody knows what kind of vehicle or body type the new Mercedes-Benz O-Class is.
Images shown are of the Vision Urbanetic Concept which somehow seems fitting to the 'O' tag.
AutoGuide reports that the trademark applications include four 'O' variants: O 120, O 140, O 180 and O 200. The nomenclature suggests that the Mercedes-Benz O-Class sports smaller engines (probably 2.0-litre and below) rather than that on models such as the C 300, E 350, S 560, etc. To give a basic understanding - higher the numerical figures, bigger will be the engine size and output.
The O-Class variants were filed under the "Motor Vehicles & Motor Vehicle Engines" classification of the trademark. Cars, SUVs, buses and even trucks can come in this group; thus making further confusion as to what the new O-Class could be.
Mercedes-Benz had used the 'O' badge before to categorise its urban transport buses. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus sold in various markets (especially in Europe) come under O-Class category. The present-generation Citaro is internally named as 'O530' and is a successor to the 'O305' and 'O405'.
As you can observe, there is a style difference between the old and new nomenclatures. The old one didn't carry a space between the 'O' and the digits, while the new naming system does. However, this could also hint to a possibitity of Mercedes-Benz updating the old 'O530' nomenclature to 'O 530'.
'Merc fans' and the entire global automotive community are currently having discussions on the internet as to what the new O-Class could be. Some claim that it is an entry-level passenger vehicle, but others debate that it should ideally be placed somewhat in the middle of brand's portfolio (in between the E and S) if it carries an 'O'.
We suspect that it is an entirely new category of vehicles; possibly from the brand's upcoming electric portfolio. Is it the production version of the weird-looking Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic concept?
Thoughts On The Mercedes-Benz O-Class
Since the Mercedes-Benz O-Class is still in its early stages of development, very few details are known or can be assumed. The luxury car brand can also shelve the project if it isn't that relevant for future business. If the Mercedes-Benz O-Class is indeed heading towards production, expect it to launch nothing before at least five years. What do you think the new Mercedes-Benz O-Class is? Let us know in the comment section below.