The new concept is likely to pave the way for the new ‘SLC AMG’, as the hotly tipped SLS replacement has become known.
Rather than replace the SLS with a like-for-like replacement, the new model is set to be smaller and compete more directly with the Porsche 911.
A much wider range of variants, however, should allow the front-engined, rear-drive coupe and cabriolet models to compete with myriad rival performance cars between the mooted £80,000-£120,000 bracket.
Our source indicated that the SLS AMG still had several years left on sale yet, but its replacement was shaping up to be an “iconic” design for the Mercedes brand.
Before the new sports coupe is shown, Mercedes is gearing up to show replacements for its current S-class and C-class ranges. The S-class will be shown first in the next few months, with the C-class to follow early next year.