The Mercedes-AMG GT concept previews the German brand’s answer to the Porsche Panamera.
Unveiled at the Geneva motor show, the concept is expected to evolve into a four-door production model that is expected to launch in 2019. It will be a successor to the CLS Shooting Brake.
Other rivals in the new car’s sights will include the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé and the Audi A7.
The Geneva concept is presented in range-topping form with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing more than 600bhp. The GT – the name has not been confirmed for a production model – would be manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz performance subsidiary Mercedes-AMG. However it will be based around the Mercedes-Benz modular rear architecture (MRA) platform that is already used on AMG models such as the C 63.
Industry sources suggest two power outputs of the four-litre will be offered in the car, both combined with all-wheel-drive, while there will also be an entry-level 3.0-litre V6 model.
Also on the Mercedes-Benz stand at Geneva is the E-Class Cabriolet, completing the brand’s latest E-class range. The cabriolet is based heavily on the new E-Class Coupe and retains that model’s lightweight part-aluminium construction.