Luxury automakers are quickly becoming very aggressive when it comes to filling tiny niches, with BMW and Mercedes leading the way with all sorts of narrow customer base-fitting models. The latest of these hyper-niche vehicles is Mercedes’ AMG Sport lineup that has been in discussion for quite some time. Soon the AMG Sport lineup will move from being a discussion to becoming a reality, as Mercedes has announced that it will debut the first two AMG Sport models at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
So what is the AMG Sport and what tiny niche does it fit? To figure it out, you have to pay very close attention to the details. So, Mercedes already has its AMG lineup of ultra-high-performance luxury rigs and an AMG Sport package, which adds the AMG look-good bits without any of the go-fast stuff. The AMG Sport lineup will fill that rather small gap between the true AMG lineup and the AMG Sport Package. So basically, the AMG Sport lineup will feature more powerful engines than the AMG Package offers and some of the chassis components from the high-performance AMG car that is positioned above it. The thought process here is to make the AMG name and performance more attainable to a broader spectrum of buyers all over the world.
The first two models that are set to debut are still under wraps, as Mercedes only released the above teaser images, but there has been plenty of speculation going around. The car on the right appears to be the rumored C450 AMG Sport that has been spotted testing around Europe, which will bridge the gap between the current C400 with the AMG Sport Package and the Mercedes-AMG C63. The crossover on the left is harder to pinpoint, but its front end is most similar to the ML63 AMG, but not quite a clone. Chances are that this is the AMG Sport version of the upcoming MLC, which will become the GLE Coupe under the new naming system Mercedes recently revealed for its SUVs.
Mercedes get its chance to clear all of this up when the Detroit Auto Show opens its doors to the press on January 12, 2015. We’ll bring you updates as they roll out.