Mercedes speeds up development of C63 estate

Mercedes is rapidly moving forward with developing its top-of-the-range AMG C63 estate in readiness for the planned unveiling at the Paris Motor Show this October. The company has already unveiled the standard C-Class estate, which will carry a price label of £28,055 when it reaches the showrooms later in the year, and the company says that the work it is doing on the performance model is almost finished.

The German luxury car manufacturer will launch four versions of the C63. In addition to the estate there will be a saloon, a coupe and a cabriolet released, with all models on sale by the end of 2016. The engine in all four cars will be the new V8 4.0-litre twin-turbo, with output variations of between 480bhp and 580bhp. An improvement in performance over the old model will be seen in the acceleration, which Mercedes claims will be 0-62mph in a credible 4.5 seconds.

The Mercedes seven-speed transmission will most likely be available, along with several fuel saving features such as brake energy recuperation, coasting and stop-start. The company has turned down the idea of an AMG C63 four-wheel drive, for now at least, even though there are strong sales in this market sector.

Inside, the cabin should be a replica of the standard C-Class with a few additions, such as sports seats and the AMG-badged steering wheel.

The cost of the new C63 AMG estate should be well above that of the standard C-Class model, which is priced at £33,220. The starting price for the current C63 AMG estate is £58,500.