Mercedes AMG planning two tier performance for next gen compacts

A next generation compact car range is being readied by Mercedes AMG, and the company are looking at providing two tiers of performance levels for this upcoming range. The new range will expand the compacts to 8 different body styles rather than the current range of 5; presenting a lot more options for AMG’s compact car range. The two tiers of performance levels resonate of the larger Mercedes models which come in the 6-cylinder ‘43’ and the full-bore V8 ‘63’ proponents. Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes AMG, said at the Nürburgring 24-hour race that AMG: “will complement our successful 45 models by offering two versions, like we do with our larger cars”.

This year AMG are on course for surpassing 100,000 yearly sales, but with the current developments that are in progress, that number could rise significantly in years to come. It is known that the A45, the GLA45, and the CLA45 will be partnered with cheaper, less powerful variants, but details of future models have not been divulged by Moers.

It appears that the chances are that the lesser variant of vehicles will be considerably cheaper than the more powerful ‘45’ models, but will still utilise four-cylinder turbocharged units, and like the larger V8 and V12 units, the engines will be built by AMG at Affalterbach.

The next A45 is set to have at least 400bhp, so the lesser tier is still expected to produce over 300bhp.

A strong possibility is that the lower powered car of the two types will be a 36 series, this would nod its head to the previous Mercedes C36 and E36 that were built in the 1990s, but there is currently no indication if this is to be so.

The A-Class Saloon concept, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai Motorshow, is also lined up to have a two-tier performance option for buyers.

  

A next generation compact car range is being readied by Mercedes AMG, and the company are looking at providing two tiers of performance levels for this upcoming range. The new range will expand the compacts to 8 different body styles rather than the current range of 5; presenting a lot more options for AMG’s compact car range. The two tiers of performance levels resonate of the larger Mercedes models which come in the 6-cylinder ‘43’ and the full-bore V8 ‘63’ proponents. Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes AMG, said at the Nürburgring 24-hour race that AMG: “will complement our successful 45 models by offering two versions, like we do with our larger cars”.

This year AMG are on course for surpassing 100,000 yearly sales, but with the current developments that are in progress, that number could rise significantly in years to come. It is known that the A45, the GLA45, and the CLA45 will be partnered with cheaper, less powerful variants, but details of future models have not been divulged by Moers.

It appears that the chances are that the lesser variant of vehicles will be considerably cheaper than the more powerful ‘45’ models, but will still utilise four-cylinder turbocharged units, and like the larger V8 and V12 units, the engines will be built by AMG at Affalterbach

The next A45 is set to have at least 400bhp, so the lesser tier is still expected to produce over 300bhp.

A strong possibility is that the lower powered car of the two types will be a 36 series, this would nod its head to the previous Mercedes C36 and E36 that were built in the 1990s, but there is currently no indication if this is to be so.

The A-Class Saloon concept, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai Motorshow, is also lined up to have a two-tier performance option for buyers.