The filings for various Mercedes-Benz O-Class models have been made with the European Intellectual Property Office on February 4, 2019.
According to AutoGuide, the company has filed trademark applications for O 120, O 140, O 180, and O 200 model names.
It's not known what type of car the O-Class name might be used for, but the indicative power badges suggest it would be a vehicle would be smaller than the A-Class, which begins with the A160 petrol and A160 CDI diesel.
Smart is set to be relaunched as an electric-only marque in Europe by 2020. By shifting the ForFour and/or ForTwo over to the Mercedes-Benz stable, Daimler will be able to keep its promise, while also continuing sales of the petrol-powered variants.
Another alternative is a vehicle to slot in between the Smart range and the A-Class. If such a vehicle is being planned, it will likely be based on an existing platform, probably a shortened version of the front- and all-wheel drive architecture used for the A-Class, CLA and others.
Of course, it's also possible the O-Class may never see the light of day.
This is not the first time Mercedes-Benz has used the 'O' name, with O530, O530G, O530K and other badges currently used to differentiate variants in its Citaro bus range.
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