It was only yesterday when we found out the Mercedes-AMG GT will be heading to our country later this year and now a rumor points to a four-door derivative which is allegedly planned to come out sometime in 2018. It will be more than just a stretched AMG GT with rear doors as the new model tentatively called “GT4” is set to receive unique quarter panels, bumpers and doors, different headlights and taillights along with what is being described as an “amazingly low roofline” and a useful tailgate.
This could turn out to be that standalone Mercedes-AMG model we have been hearing about for a significant amount of time and it is believed it will share its underpinnings with the next generation CLS which will obviously be based on the new India-bound E-Class W213 due to go on sale next year.
The new E-Class is expected to make use of a newly developed straight-six 2.9-liter turbodiesel engine which could find its way under the hood of the AMG GT4 where it will be offered in two states of tune: 300 bhp and 400 bhp while details about the torque figure are not available but it should be immense taking into account these engines are believed to get a twin-turbo and even a quad-turbo layout.
Interestingly, the report goes on to specify the existence of a six-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine benefiting from electric assistance and delivering a total output of 455 bhp. The high-end versions are likely getting a V8 motor with 557 bhp and a mighty 585 bhp punch.
We should expect to see the Mercedes-AMG GT4 (codenamed X290) by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
On a somewhat related note, the report adds Daimler-owned marque has apparently decided to axe the CLS Shooting Brake after the demise of the current generation due to slow sales, but we will have to wait for an official announcement that should occur by mid-2018 when the new CLS will hit the market.
Source: Automobile Magazine