The head of sales at Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the Stuttgart-based brand will soon add a seven-seater vehicle to its growing compact range.

Britta Seeger, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales, told Automotive News Europe that there was a “growing” demand for seven-seaters.

“In our new compact family we will also bring seven-seat vehicles to market. We see a growing desire for seven-seat vehicles in China and we must satisfy this demand,” Seeger told the publication.

“Will it be a minivan or an SUV? You will have to wait and see. So far you have seen the first new model , the A-Class, which is really a lovely car and a very substantial product,” she added.

Seeger went on to reveal that she viewed the slow-selling B-Class as “part of a significant and promising segment, so we will replace it”.

Earlier in 2018, Gorden Wagener, the head of Mercedes-Benz design, said that the new front-wheel-drive platform on which the fourth-generation A-Class is built would eventually underpin “at least eight” variants.