Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division is planning to launch an indirect successor to the classic 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II by the middle of the decade.
The new four-door, which will rival the forthcoming Audi RS3 and BMW M1, will become the range-topper for a new model based on the next B-class. The car’s size and proportions were previewed by the F800 Style concept (pictured) at the Geneva show.
Set to slot into the AMG line-up below the next-gen C63 AMG, the new saloon, codenamed C117 EVO, will itself be influenced by the next CLS. It will have a coupe-like profile, taut surfacing overlaid with prominent crease lines, four frameless doors and a separate boot.
Overall length shouldn’t be more than 4500mm, placing it in the same-sized class as the 190E Evo II from 1990.
But while that car used a 2.5-litre four-cylinder motor fettled by Cosworth, the new car will get a supercharged 3.2-litre V6 that is already undergoing bench testing at AMG’s headquarters.