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Mercedes-Benz C 450 & GLE 450 to be first ‘AMG Sport’ models

December 5, 2014

During a recent media event in Spain Mercedes-Benz reportedly confirmed two new models are on the horizon; the C 450 AMG and the GLE 450 coupe SUV.

Mercedes-Benz C 450 and GLE 450 AMG Sport teaser

Mercedes-Benz is looking to bridge the gap between its regular models and its high-end AMG models. Earlier this week it announced the ‘AMG Sport’ sub-brand, which is being set up precisely to fill that gap and to provide competition for BMW’s M Performance brand and Audi’s Quattro brand.

To kick things off it will showcase two new models under the new brand at Detroit. According to a coches.net report, those two vehicles have been confirmed to be the C 450 and GLE 450. If we take a closer look at the teaser image (above) from a few days ago we can see the cars do fit the description.

It seems the company is indeed planning a sub-C 63 AMG model as previously expected. It will debut a powerful V6 bi-turbo engine producing around 280kW, making it a perfect variant to rival vehicles like the Audi S4.

Aside from a potent V6 engine, the special model is expected to come with various performance enhancements like uprated brakes, suspension, and a bespoke bodykit. Some interior highlights might also help distinguish the mid-sizer from its regular all-business-and-no-play brothers.

As for the GLE, Mercedes has confirmed it is working on a large coupe SUV and has even unveiled a concept to prove its intent. The new model will be a rival to the BMW X6, with the first of the lineup set to be a ‘GLE 450’ AMG. It’s understood it will get the same bi-turbo V6 engine as the C 450, producing similar figures.

These sound like quite attractive models, especially as they will be priced sharper than the less-accessible AMG top dogs. We’ll keep you updated with any official info that we hear, including in the lead up to the big show which starts on January 12.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.