After releasing a sketch of BMW’s Z2 mini roadster which is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2011, resident artist Mark Stehrenberger at Auto Motor und Sport has released another sketch, but this time of Mercedes-Benz’s mini roadster. As reported earlier, Stuttgart’s small 2-seater convertible is expected to share platforms with the 2011/2012 Mercedes A Class and B Class.
But unlike the rear wheel drive setup of the baby Z4, Mercedes’ version is rumored to have its front wheels driven, by at least four power plant options including a diesel fueled version. The roadster is also expected to feature design cues from the 8 year-old Mercedes SLA project. Another speculation is the choice of convertible top.
The roadster will also most probably be offered with a fabric convertible roof, instead of a more fashionable retractable hard top, to help save trunk space. With Mercedes joining the bandwagon, Mazda’s very well balanced MX 5 / Miata will have more rivals to go against.