Wed Oct 26 23:10:13 SAST 2016

Mercedes mixing power and responsibility

AFP Relaxnews | 20 September, 2016 12:01
The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster (l) and GT C Roadster (r)
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Mercedes is promising a greater focus on electric mobility at this year's event, including EV versions of its entire Smart car lineup plus a plug-in electric concept car.

However, until that concept is unveiled its Paris Motorshow line up will resemble an AMG AGM.

At the start of 2016, Mercedes announced that one of its grand future plans was to bring its dedicated tuning arm AMG -- the department charged with building sporting flagships -- closer to the company's core clients. To do this it was going to offer models of all shapes and sizes infused with differing levels of AMG performance.

And as we approach the end of 2016 and with it the Paris motor show, the 2500-square meter Mercedes-Benz stand will boast four new models with an AMG badge on their rear.

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé

The most exciting of which are not one, but two soft-top Mercedes-AMG GT models -- the Roadster and the C Roadster. Officially announced at the beginning of the month, they offer different levels of comfort and performance but will both leave pretty much any series production Porsche standing.

The company will be debuting a sportier take on its GLC crossover coupé, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic complete with twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant and a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds plus plenty of room for four adults and their luggage. As good as it promises to be, the 43 4Matic is simply a taste of things to come -- a 63 4Matic, with a twin-turbo AMG V8 is also on its way in due course.

The Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC Station Wagon

The AMG 43 4Matic versions of the E-Class in sedan and Station Wagon form will complete the company's sporting focus at this year's show and they will be joined by something Mercedes is calling the E Class All Terrain. Another new variant for the E-Class range that will boast genuine off-road capability and styling cues but will stop short of being an actual SUV.

As for its Paris concept car, Mercedes is expected to unveil an electric SUV with a range between charges equal to the Tesla Model X. And while that particular car won't be going into production for several years, the Paris show will mark the official launch of the Smart plug-in electric range. With an EV version of the ForTwo, ForFour and the ForTwo cabrio, the company will become the first in the world to offer a plug in electric version of every model in its current vehicle range.



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