Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division will extend its compact car line-up with the introduction of a second range of models positioned beneath its existing A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 lines.
The two-tier car strategy, which mirrors moves taken further up the AMG line-up, will lead to the launch of a new range of turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder models introduced to the German carmaker’s range over the next two years when successor models to the current A-Class, CLA, GLA go on sale.
Announcing the new entry-level AMG compact car line-up, on the sidelines of the Nürburgring 24 Hours in Germany on Saturday, AMG boss Tobias Moers said, “We will complement our successful 45 models with two versions, like we do with our larger cars.”
In a further boost to AMG’s compact car line-up, Moers also confirmed that the production version of the Concept A-class sedan, revealed at the Shanghai motor show, would form the basis for two new models as part of the new two-tier approach.
“The Compact A sedan has typical AMG features so you can expect that from AMG as well,” said Moers.
The AMG boss also confirmed the successor to the M133 engine, used by today’s 45 models, will be assembled on site at AMG. “Future four-cylinder performance engines will also be built [at AMG’s engineering headquarters] in Affalterbach,” said Moers.