Mercedes To Drop The CLS 63 To Make Room For The AMG GT 4

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers recently confirmed the CLS 53 will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show and the executive has revealed new details about the upcoming model.

Speaking to Automotive News, Moers said the car will go on sale in the United States by the end of next year and it will have a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that has an output in the “400s.” That’s a little vague but the publication believes it will be rated at around 430 hp (320 kW).

Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends as Moers confirmed there will no longer be a CLS 63. Instead, the model has been ditched to make room for the AMG GT 4 which will go on sale in America in 2019.

While it’s sad to see the CLS 63 getting put out to pasture, Moers hinted the company could offer AMG variants of the E-Class Coupe and Convertible. They would be 53 variants and could arrive as early as 2019.

The report goes on to suggest the redesigned GLE will likely receive the 53 treatment sometime after the standard model is launched in early 2019.

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  • DM

    I’m sorry but I still don’t get the need for a CLS and a very similarly shaped GT4 #somebodyexplain

    • Elmediterraneo

      The CLS is here to be sold cheaper to those who wants 6 cylinders engines the GT 4 door only for the customers who wants the V8 AMG. A part from the design and the designation they’re all based on the E-class and share the same interior.

    • KSegg

      MB and BMW are doing weird shit lately.

      BMW killed the M6 Coupe/Vert so the upcoming M8 Coupe/Vert can take its place and be more upmarket.

      Which leaves the 6-Series to only have the Gran Coupe and disgusting 6-Series GT crossover/wagon/suv thing, which used to be the 5-Series GT crossover/wagon/suv thing.

      Confused yet?

      MB just wants to fill every possible niche possible, without realizing that it’s going to cause a lot of stepping on its own toes.

      BMW is just stupidly following MB’s FILL EVERY NICHE philosophy so as to not lose out on sales. Case in point, just like there’s an AMG variant for almost every MB product, BMW now wants to make an M car for almost every BMW product.

      Go figure.

      • Kingsley Mpofu

        There won’t be no 6 series gran coupe only the 6 series GT. but probably will be a 8 series gran coupe

        • KSegg

          Oh really? That’s……even worse. So the 6er is just now the bloated GT?

      • Philip George

        its better for MB to step on its own toes than allow other companies the chance to step on its toes

  • Vassilis

    This is starting to grow on me.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Mercedes is slowly losing the plot…

    • Rick S

      While their sales are increasing? 🙂

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