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Daimler future models - Mercedes-AMG

By Glenn Brooks | 1 July 2020

Now, an AMG can even be a made-in-Mexico seven-seat SUV (GLB 35 4MATIC)

Now, an AMG can even be a made-in-Mexico seven-seat SUV (GLB 35 4MATIC)

Soon to lose its CEO to Aston Martin Lagonda, Mercedes-AMG is a major money maker for Daimler AG. Under Tobias Moers, the division has shifted from being a name for fast cars into a brand in itself, stretching from high-priced accessories and trim levels for Mercedes-Benz hatchbacks to supercars, super-SUVs, and in 2021, a hypercar with a Formula 1 engine.

Cars

New versions of the future C-Class are some nine months away, with the next generation AMG C-Class reportedly set to lose V8 power and gain a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. This will consist of the M 139 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, one motor and a 48V integrated starter motor. Both C 53 4MATIC+ and C 63 4MATIC+ variants are expected, with a C 63 S 4MATIC+ also likely.

One size up, Mercedes-AMG versions of the E-Class are coming up for four years of production, which means the replacements should begin to appear in early 2023.

The V8-powered range now consists of the E 63 4MATIC+ and E 63 S 4MATIC+. Power and torque remain as 420 kW and 750 Nm or 450 kW and 850 Nm. Facelifts for the E 53 4MATIC+ Saloon and E 53 4MATIC+ Estate were announced in March followed two months later by equivalent updates for the E 53 4MATIC+ Coupe and E 53 4MATIC+ Cabriolet.

The GT Coupé first became available in German dealerships in September 2018. The car is a sedan with pillarless doors and a conventional bootlid, even though it has the appearance of a fastback.

The model line-up was originally as follows:

From last month the line-up changed to:

The new GT 43 is also to be a fresh variant for North America's 2021 model year when it goes on sale there later in 2020.

There are rumours that AMG might gain an 800+PS GT S 73 4MATIC+ plug-in hybrid later this year.

All variants are some 18-20 months away from being facelifted, while a second generation model should become available during the second half of 2025.

It feels as though we have been waiting a long time to see the production version of the AMG One. This mid-engined hybrid hypercar was announced by Daimler's Thomas Weber as being under development during an event on the eve of the 2016 Paris motor show. The public debut was at the Frankfurt IAA in September 2017, where a prototype wearing the label of Project ONE was presented. One year later, the model name was announced.

The engine will be based on the Mercedes-Benz 1.6-litre V6 used in its Formula 1 car from the 2017 season and there will be MGU-K and MGU-H motor generator units too. The range on electrons will be around 30 km and the car will run on ordinary 98 octane unleaded, AMG says. The top speed will be in excess of 350 km/h.

Again in line with the F1 car, Project ONE's gearbox forms part of its structure. However, it will be an automated manual transmission. Fewer than 275 cars will be made. Production would be delayed until the second half of 2020, according to Tobias Moers, the outgoing head of AMG, who was interviewed in October 2018. This has subsequently been pushed back to 2021.

Daimler still hasn't announced where the One will be built. It may well be made in England. That would potentially make sense as the monocoque, body panels and suspension systems will be sourced from Mercedes' F1 facilities in Brixworth and Brackley.

SUVs

The GLA 35 4MATIC was announced to the media in December last year as the same time as the second generation Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Production has only just begun, and the first deliveries took place recently.

This SUV's engine is a 225 kW and 400 Nm 1,991cc turbo with drive to both axles via Daimler's own eight-speed dual clutch transmission. This has AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G branding.

Before the event was cancelled due to the threat of COVID-19, the GLA 45 4MATIC+ and GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ were to be world premieres at the Geneva motor show in March. Only the first of the pair will be available in the USA, where the name is to be GLA 45 4MATIC.

All AMG variants of the new GLA-Class are powered by the same basic 2.0-litre engine. In 45 form the outputs are 285 kW (387 PS) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft), while equivalents for the 45 S are 310 kW (421 PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft).

In North America, the GLA 35 and GLA 45 will be new for the 2021 model year. Globally, there will be a facelift in the fourth quarter of CY2023 and a successor in 2027.

There should be an eventual three Mercedes-AMG variants of the GLB-Class:

The first of the three was confirmed by Daimler in August 2019, with the GLB 35 4MATIC being a world debut at the following month's Frankfurt IAA. News of the 45 and 45 S is awaited.

Mercedes-Benz USA told the media in August 2019 that the 2021 GLB 35 would go on sale by late 2020. The 35 and future 45s are due to be facelifted in 2023, with their successors set to appear towards the end of 2026.

Reports for many other manufacturers' future models are grouped in the OEM product strategy summaries section of just-auto.com.

Future platform intelligence

More detail on past, current and forthcoming models can be found in PLDB, the future vehicles database which is part of GlobalData's Automotive Intelligence Center. That includes those Mercedes-AMG models not discussed in this report.

This is the fourth of five features exploring the passenger car brands of Daimler AG. It followed a focus on Mercedes-Benz cars; Mercedes-Benz SUVs; then Maybach, smart and China's Denza. The final instalment will look at Mercedes EQ.