Cramming one vehicle into multiple niche markets usually isn't a very good idea. For example, upscale cars have a smaller group of buyers, hatchbacks have a smaller group of buyers, and electric cars have a smaller group of buyers; Mercedes will be lucky if it sells 12 of these. 

The car does have a few things going for it though; Tesla Motors, of which Daimler owns a 4.7% stake, is providing a tried and true powertrain for the vehicle. 

Expect to see the tall, electric, Mercedes hatchback some time in 2014.

[via Autoweek]