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Mercedes Moving to All-Wheel-Drive AMG

Focus on performance – but opens to Snowbelt markets.

The new Mercedes-Benz helps usher in a new AWD strategy for the maker’s AMG brand.

With the of its updated 2014 E-Class, CLS and CLA models, Mercedes-Benz will a dramatic shift at its AMG brand-within-a-brand. forward, virtually all of the performance products will come standard all-wheel-drive.

The strategy help expand the appeal of like the 2014 E63 AMG and new CLA45 AMG in northern regions where has become a virtual must for

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But by putting as much emphasis on as cold weather traction, is betting it will also enhance demand for AMG models in traditional “smile state”

“It should widen our footprint,” Rob Moran, manager of the AMG line for USA.

The highest-performance models the expanding Mercedes model-mix, AMG have a strong and loyal in the U.S. – in fact, half of the production winds up somewhere in the and, in turn, about of those are sold in Southern alone, with other regions in Florida and other regions of the country.

Like of its luxury competitors, Mercedes has a major shift in demand luxury buyers in recent Whether a Benz, BMW or Lexus, in Snowbelt regions increasingly all-wheel-drive, Moran noting “in New it’s pretty hard to a conventional Mercedes product on a lot that wasn’t equipped the maker’s 4Matic system.

Competitors, notably Audi, been promoting all-wheel-drive as a way to both improved winter and performance, expanding their of high-powered models in places New York and the Midwest. And Mercedes adopt a similar strategy.

It offers 4Matic in its crossover AMG such as the ML63 AMG. But the of the 2014 E63 AMG, CLS63 AMG and AMG marks the first time the is paired with the performance passenger car models.

While its name with the traction in more conventional Mercedes the AMG 4Matic technology has been to “emphasize performance,” stressed For one thing, there will be a power ratio that more power to the rear on the E63 and CLS63, he notes, only 33% of the of those engines going to the wheels.  Meanwhile, AMG’s system will feature is known as “torque vectoring.”

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With traditional all-wheel-drive, front wheels receive the amount of power. That can in an understeer situation, where the car to push into a corner.  But vectoring shifts power to the wheel in a turn, helping the corner more aggressively.

The torque split will according to individual AMG models.  The new CLA for example, is Mercedes’ first to start art as a front-wheel-drive vehicle.  4Matic added, the CLA45 AMG still launch with of its torque to the nose. But depending road conditions and driver explained Moran, as much as 50% of power can shift rearward.

Looking ahead, only the SLS supercar is not expected to adopt a 4Matic strategy. The maker is deciding whether to add the all-wheel-drive onto a future version of the SL

As much in demand as 4Matic may be in the all-wheel-drive has significantly less in sunny climes, though it is traction for its performance benefits. And to the appeal of the new 4Matic strategy in markets like Southern the 2014 models will add a lot pep.

The outgoing, rear-drive E63 AMG currently 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The 4Matic update jumps to 550 hp and 531 That haves 0.6 seconds off its 0 to 60 at 3.6 seconds.

Meanwhile, the old E63 AMG performance is now spun off as a separate model, the E63 AMG S It gains 27 horsepower, now rated 550 hp and 590 and comes in at 4.1 seconds 0 to 60.

The 2014 of the “base” E63 will go for $92,770, a $3,000 increase, though figure includes a number of new features, including 4Matic.  the new CLA45 will become the AMG offering in the U.S. at $47,450. about $13,000 less the prior AMG starter model, the

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