For at least one important reason, the Mercedes-AMG C63 has to be a hybrid. The model, which is scheduled for launch in 2020, needs to comply with upcoming emission regulations, otherwise it won’t be long before it is banned from the road. It is a ‘given’, admitted, Mercedes-AMG, that the next-generation C63 will be a hybrid.
The current model in S form has a twin-turbo charged 4.0-litre, V-8 engine delivering 503 horsepower and the 2019 model, shown at New York motor show will have a 9-speed automatic transmission and the cockpit will get a standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
Mercedes-AMG hasn’t yet divulged what the makeup might be of the C63 hybrid powertrain, but its spokesman, and head of the company, Tobias Moers, has been making very optimistic about it in press gatherings, and has revealed a little about the manufacturer’s electrification strategy. Whilst speaking to reporters, he discussed the concept of an intelligent hybrid system, “capable of having an always-on strategy regarding the battery and the whole system.”
Moers used the word ‘amazing’ to describe the potential of this system. He also suggested that this next C63 would send power to all four wheels instead of just the rear ones. As Motor Authority points out, this is similar to the move made by BMW with the M5 in 2018.
However, Mercedes-AMG is in no hurry to get the hybrid C63 on the road. The current model “still has some life in it” as Sean Szymkowski writes in Motor Authority, and the 2019 C63 won’t be available until mid-way through next year. These models need to exhaust the market before Mercedes-AMG moves on to it electrified model.
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