Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its entry-level front-wheel drive lineup, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche told Automotive News USA. This concerns the next-generation models in 2018, but Zetsche added that there will be another new addition to the current FWD range come next year.

Stuttgart’s existing lineup now consists of three models: the A-, B- and CLA-Class. A mini-SUV called the GLA-Class will soon make it four, with the fifth and last addition to be announced in 2014. What that will be is still shrouded in mystery, but a Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has often been rumoured.

Zetsche also hinted that the new model will not be sold in the US, a market that is not particularly kind on small hatchbacks. The A-Class isn’t available there, and the bigger B-Class will only be offered in full-electric form early next year.

The speculative rendering you see above offers an early glimpse at what a CLA-based baby CLS Shooting Brake may look like. Earlier in the year Theophilus Chin also had a go at the sporty compact station wagon, which you can see here.