Affalterbach, Germany — When the third edition of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class appears in mid-2018, the station wagon model that you see in Europe (though only rarely) will be put to sleep after only one model generation. Although the design of a new five-door version had already been approved to great acclaim within the company, management pulled the plug at the 11th hour, citing a distinct lack of interest from the distribution outlets in China and North America.
While the base Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class keeps its focus on four-cylinder engines, the AMG car will be offered with a choice of up to five engines. The likely lineup includes two 2.9-liter, inline-six diesels rated at approximately 300 hp and 400 hp, one turbocharged six-cylinder good for 455 hp (including a 20-hp electric motor), and two high-output V-8s, one making 557 hp and the other developing 585 hp.
Once the Mercedes-AMG GT4 goes into production, AMG sales volume is expected to soar from the 45,000 units forecast for 2015 to 65,000 vehicles in 2018.