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Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance car division has lifted the veil on its latest production model: the GT 4-door Coupé.
The top-of-the-line GT63 S 4Matic+ pictured here is powered by a 639hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, which is capable of propelling the car to 100kph from rest in just 3.2sec and on to a top speed of 315kph.
The GT 4-door Coupé follows the SLS Coupé and Roadster and the GT Coupé and Roadster as the fifth dedicated model from Mercedes-AMG.
The ‘4-door Coupé’ component of its name suggests that it is a saloon-cum-coupé model in the mould of the mechanically similar Mercedes CLS. However, it does in fact take inspiration from the existing GT Coupé by featuring a fastback-style tailgate. That design is integral to providing the new AMG model with the sort of practicality that the company’s chairman, Tobias Moers, says allows it to deliver a “high level of day-to-day suitability”.
The GT 4-door Coupé will be offered with the choice of two petrol engines from the outset. One is Mercedes’ new 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder unit with a mild-hybrid system in the GT53 4Matic+. The other is AMG’s 4.0-litre V8 which, in line with other AMG models, will be available in two separate states of tune in the GT63 4Matic+ and GT63 S 4Matic+.
As their names suggest, all three models in the line-up feature as standard a fully variable four-wheel- drive system, as revealed on the latest E63 4Matic+, along with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The basis for the first ever four-door fastback from AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s MRA platform. A large proportion of its underpinnings, including its chassis, as well as its electrical architecture, is shared directly with the recently unveiled third-generation CLS and the latest E-Class.
Despite the GT 4-door Coupé’s mechanical similarities to the CLS and E-Class, AMG has brought its own unique touches to it. For instance, it has a longer front end with a larger engine bay to house a range of different powerplants, including the company’s signature V8 petrol unit, which has been denied the new CLS due to what AMG’s engineers cite as packaging reasons.
In the GT53 4Matic+, the new model receives a 48V electrical system. This is used to operate an electric motor that recovers kinetic energy under braking and during periods of off-throttle coasting as part of a range of so-called EQ Boost powertrains.
The recuperated energy is stored in a lithium ion battery and can be used to enhance performance through an electric boost function, as on the CLS53 4Matic. However, unlike the more advanced plug-in hybrid EQ Power system recently introduced to the S560e, it cannot propel the new AMG model on electric power alone.
The well-received styling of the GT 4-door concept car revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show has been brought over to the production version of the new GT 4-door Coupé with only minor changes.
Certain cues are borrowed from the GT Coupé and Roadster in order to establish an AMG family look, most notably around the front and rear ends. However, the body of the new car is described as being unique, sharing no panel or element with any another existing Mercedes-AMG model.
Design boss Gordon Wagener said: “The GT 4-door Coupé embodies the most extreme expression of our design idiom and underlines the autonomous profile of AMG as a performance brand.”
The car’s silhouette is dominated by a long bonnet that’s set low and extends well aft of prominent front wheel housings in what Wagner calls the “most aggressive dashboard-to-wheel” treatment yet seen on a four-seat Mercedes model.
In a reflection of their common platform and similar underpinnings, the GT 4-door Coupé and CLS share the same 2939mm wheelbase. However, the new AMG model is longer, lower and wider than the CLS.
The interior has its own unique styling touches and four-seat layout. Among its main features is a new interpretation of Mercedes’ Widescreen Cockpit, with dual high-definition displays for the instruments and infotainment functions housed within a single panel set in a high- positioned dashboard.
In a move that provides clear links to the GT Coupé and Roadster, the GT 4-door Coupé also receives a wide centre console and high-set central tunnel that runs back through its luxuriously trimmed cabin.
Occupants in the front sit on heavily padded sport seats similar to those used by the E63 but set significantly lower for a sportier feel. The low rear seats, meanwhile, are claimed to offer greater head room than the E63’s.
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On the company’s new pricing strategy for Datsun and Nissan, upcoming products and dealer support.
After Skoda, what’s it like at Nissan, and what brought about the move?
I’ve learnt a lot with Skoda in India and also in my time with the VW Group, and it was a difficult decision to leave. But Nissan is a Japanese company, customer centric and this is something that I admired and was always focused on. What I really like is their innovation, because Nissan was the front runner for electric cars. With the Leaf, we are number one worldwide, and for me the future of mobility was something that I was focusing on.
Things at Nissan have been challenging on the dealer, sales and product front. So what are your immediate priorities?
With Nissan, I have to say, the setup is excellent, but for a challenger brand, we are not where we should be. We have two brands catering to the right segments at the moment but we have some life cycle management issues. From a network point of view, I think it is strong, but we have to do more. We are very good when it comes to Tier-III and Tier-IV but we are lacking in Tier-I and Tier-II cities, and that has something to do with life cycle management.
There are rumours that dealers are leaving. Is streamlining and sorting out the dealer network your priority?
Yes, we are conducting many coaching programmes and preparing them for all the future launches. At the moment, we don’t have a strong product portfolio, so we are trying to fix that. We have changed the margin system to make sure that dealers have a very fair opportunity to be profitable. Because when the dealer is doing the right things, he will be profitable and he will always do the right thing for the customers.
With both Nissan and Datsun, there aren’t enough products, but what you are doing now is life cycle management. Aren’t new products the need of the hour?
Yes, they are. For every car manufacturer, it is essential to have new products. Yes, our life cycle management is not the best at the moment, but you will see that we will have a major event every six months from this festival season onwards. It will begin with a major change for the Go and the Go+, and we will also have new products for new segments.
What about sales? Is that also a major concern?
I am not satisfied with the sales because I think both, the products and brands, deserve more. That also has something to do with the limited reach that we have. But there are good bits too, like when it comes to the Redigo, we are the only ones to have stabilised sales in a segment that is shrinking. And we still have more plans with the Redigo. We have a special version coming in during the festival time. It’s a fantastic product and I am proud to say, being the president of Nissan, for nine months I am driving the Redigo. Many say I am a little crazy and that I should drive a Patrol but I think our entry model is more important. I’m very positive that, with the things we are doing with the Redigo and the successor model, we will have a major impact in the segment.
What about Nissan? There are huge gaps and older products. What’s the plan there? Could we see an SUV below the Kicks, for example, or sedans perhaps?
So, with our two brands, our strategy is to have Datsun cater to the sub-Rs 10 lakh mark, and you will see an SUV there. I can’t say more but I promise you it will be a killer in the market. With Nissan, you will see SUVs and sedans that will be competitive, but they will not come tomorrow but will be here soon. Then, there is also the Leaf, which we will launch. It won’t be a volume product but more of a halo product, and we will work with the government and various agencies.
You were looking at the Note as well. Is there any possibility of that making it here?
The Note is a success story in Japan, and we obviously want to bring it here. We have been test driving it and everyone who drives it says wow, because it’s an electric car powered by a small but very efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine. It’s really fantastic and you don’t have to have to plug-in for electricity. Also what no one is aware of is, we are really trying to make the Note in India too. We want to localise it and do some engineering here, too. After all, we have more than 7,000 engineers working here in the alliance.
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