HOP­ING FOR AN AMG

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - MOTORING -

It doesn’t of­fi­cially ex­ist but an AMGe­quipped X-Class is a no-brainer, at least in Aus­tralia. And that’s the prob­lem: we’re the only global mar­ket likely to want a pick-up with AMG lev­els of per­for­mance.

Mercedes-Benz Vans CEO Diana Tarr says she’d wel­come such a ve­hi­cle — were one ever made.

“There are no plans. The V6 will tell us if there is an ap­petite for this type of car but even then we’d have to have a busi­ness case ... we are a ma­jor AMG mar­ket (but) it wouldn’t be built for Aus­tralia alone,” she says. “If it did hap­pen, I don’t think it would be a 63 – per­haps a 43 in­stead.”

The sta­ble­mate GLC43 SUV uses a twin­turbo V6 to crank out 387kW/520Nm.

AMG chief To­bias Mo­ers has ruled out build­ing a high-per­for­mance X-Class, largely be­cause of the low vol­umes and the pick-up’s shared plat­form with Nis­san, which would com­pli­cate the de­vel­op­ment process.

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