As attractive as they may be, high-performance variants are not for every model. Tobias Moers pointed out the detail, with the revealing of the new Mercedes-AMG GLB 35. No word though on a possible future more potent GLB 45.
No one would expect a seven-seat compact crossover to get a performance variant, yet it did. But there are still models in the Mercedes-Benz line up that won’t get any closer than getting an AMG package. So here is the list of the models that won’t get the three magic letters:
- The B-Class. It is a family car with the looks of a small MPV. Even though its siblings from the compact family, the A-Class, the CLA and the GLA have already received more powerful variants, the B will watch their show from outside. Its bulky silhouette, capable of offering generous space and practicality, would not allow a performance variant.Test drive Mercedes-Benz B-Class – Smart move
- The EQC. The first member of the EQ electric family is bound to receive and AMG Line package, but this is as far as it goes along the performance lane. Already hitting 100 km/h from a standstill in less than five seconds and featuring 408 horsepower and 760 Nm of torque, it already comes in line with the AMG variants in terms of power.
- The X-Class. A high-performance pick-up is next to impossible. This past spring, the head of AMG, Tobias Moers, stated that there is not enough interest for the model that shares the technical solutions with the Japanese Nissan Navara, to justify the development and production costs.Test drive Mercedes-Benz X 350 d – The real Mercedes
With the EQS though, whose concept was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is not a question of if, but of when. Moers hints instead at an AMG electric performance car, below the ONE hypercar.