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Mercedes-AMG rules out standalone SUVby Ronan Glon
The company could build a small two-door aimed at the Porsche 718.
Mercedes-AMG recently introduced the GT Four-Door Coupe (pictured), its second standalone model. The company is open to designing more cars in-house in the coming years, but it has ruled out making its own SUV.
"There was a clear space in the market for the four-door GT, but we already have many excellent AMG SUV derivatives and it makes no sense to steal from them just so we can make our own car," explained AMG boss Tobias Moers in an interview with Autocar.
The magazine speculates AMG's next standalone model could take the form of a small two-door aimed at the Porsche's 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. The model (or models; we don't know if it will be coupe-only, convertible-only, or both) will replace the SLC, which recently lost its AMG variant and is gradually fading away from the stage as it nears the end of its life cycle.
Moers also confirmed the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain previewed by last year's GT Concept will reach production in 2020. It will team a version of AMG's ubiquitous twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine with a powerful electric motor to generate about 800 horsepower, a figure that should put Porsche and its Turbo S E-Hybrid cars on notice.
The drivetrain will likely make its debut under hood the range-topping variant of the GT Four-Door. It will also power the S-Class and the next-generation GLS. Autocar learned the imminent arrival of an 800-horsepower plug-in drivetrain signals the end of AMG's 65-badged, V12-powered models.
Photography by Ronan Glon.