Visually, there’s a new design AMG grille, lights and front apron and the rear features round twin tailpipe finishers. The restyled, flatter LED High Performance headlamps, with flare effect for the daytime running lamps, serve to emphasise the expressive character of the front section.
The matt black fins over the air intakes feature trim elements in Silver Shadow.
The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now develops 287 kW (390 hp), which is up 17 kW (23 hp). Peak torque of 520 Nm is available over a handy spread from 2500 to 4500 rpm.
These AMGs are driven through an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G automatic that’s been given added responsiveness. As before the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system favours the rear wheels in normal driving, with the fronts coming more into play when the computers deem that necessary.
The engineers have measured the zero to 100 km/h sprint at 4.9 seconds for both the SUV and Coupe. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The powerful AMG engine is visually identifiable by its engine cover with red aluminium insert and AMG lettering.
Aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy 19-inch wheels are fitted as standard. A selection of five further rim variants, ranging from 19 to 21 inches in size, are offered as options.
The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific functions and displays, introduces an innovative control concept that adds to the vehicle’s feasibility for everyday use. The upholstery, in black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, has a distinctive seat upholstery layout with red topstitching. Trim elements in aluminium with a longitudinal grain look and feel great.
An AMG steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area.
The optional AMG steering wheel buttons allow faster and more precise control of specific dynamic handling functions. These consist of a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned colour display buttons with switches beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke.
Precise details of Australian imports of these hot AMG models will be provided later. Shortly afterwards we will get behind the wheel, hopefully of both models, and bring you full driving impressions.