Mercedes-AMG is set to expand its range of potent performance small cars with the introduction of a second, entry-level performance tier to slot in beneath the existing ‘45’ halo models.
In an interview with Autocar, Mercedes-AMG Chairman Tobias Moers revealed that AMG’s compact models would follow the lead of its larger models by introducing a two-tier model range similar to the structure of the flagship AMG 63 and entry level AMG 43 model lines introduced on the C-Class, E-Class, GLC and GLE ranges.
Moers told Autocar “We will complement our successful 45 models with two versions like we do with our larger cars,” during the Nurburgring 24 hour race help over the weekend.
Although no hard details about where the new entry-level performance cars would fit compared to the flagship 45 range, it’s possible that AMG could adapt the next generation A 250 Sport, CLA 250, and GLA 250 into more complete AMG models, similar to what the brand has already done replacing models like the GLE 450 Sport with the AMG GLE 43.
Just as likely however, a gap-stradling engine tune could be on its way, creating a stepping stone between the 160kW 250 engines and the fire-breathing 280kW 45 line, with the next generation models tipped to step up to 180kW and 300kW respectively.