Mercedes sources say a series of power-enhancing tweaks will increase reserves for the all-new, AMG-engineered M256 engine in a move meant to position the E50 4Matic Coupe above other new E-Class Coupe models in terms of performance and pricing.
The new plant will concentrate on producing aluminum calipers for vehicles built in Mexico by U.S. and European automakers. Brembo is negotiating to supply Asian automakers as well, plant manager Jose Miguel Leon Graffin says.
The automaker says it is sharpening its incentive plan on fullsize pickups to target specific sectors over the next 90 days, and it says the full ramifications of its new Giorgio car/CUV architecture are “yet to be seen.”
Headlined by a 4-wheel-drive M550i xDrive M Performance model, the latest incarnation of the 5-Series follows an evolutionary path with an appearance less distinctly removed from its predecessor as 5-Series models have been in the recent past.
The company has spent the past few years aggressively stretching its product portfolio into the most desirable, revenue-rich segments of electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving technology.
The fully variable setup, which can apportion up to 100% of drive to the back wheels, is meant to provide a distinctive RWD bias and allow the new E63 to continue to offer power oversteer traits despite the move to AWD across the model range.