The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will spawn a five-door, compact sport wagon that the company will use to fend off the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander. A report in Automotive News says that Mercedes will use the same tack as it did with the M-Class SUV with the new sport wagon, which ostensibly would feature all-wheel drive like the competition. The new wagon would go on sale in early 2007 in Europe, with plans for the U.S. a year later, the industry weekly adds. European versions would be offered with four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines; and as TCC reported last week from Brazil, the new vehicle may be built in that nation or in Bremen, Germany.
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