Mercedes-AMG isn’t done expanding its lineup just yet. Speaking on the sidelines of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, AMG boss Tobiers Moers confirmed plans to introduce AMG-badged models to slow below the company’s AMG45 series vehicles, such as the CLA45 and GLA45.
The news isn’t remarkably surprising. Mercedes has been expanding the AMG portfolio in recent years in an effort to make the AMG badge more attainable. The largest expansion has occurred with the core Mercedes-Benz lineup by added lower-level AMG43 series vehicles to the C and E class models.
Expect that two-tier approach to carryover to Mercedes-Benz’s compact vehicles as well, starting with the upcoming new A Class. Although Moers did not confirm any details of the new models, it has been rumors that the lower-end AMG models will carry the 40 badge. For example, the A40 and CLA40.
Which engine will power these new AMG models is also not confirmed, but a variant of Mercedes’ 2.0-liter turbo is the likely choice as Mercedes aspires to compete with the likes of the Audi S3.
It isn’t entirely clear when the new AMG models will launch, but it’s a safe bet they’ll start showing up sometime in 2018 as Mercedes wishes to keep AMG’s sales climb going in the right direction.