Mercedes-AMG Set to Introduce Hybrid Powertrain With New CLS

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes will introduce a new hybrid powertrain on the next CLS AMG sedan.

According to Wheels, the new powertrain will appear in the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS in March 2018. It will consist of a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine paired to an electric motor, with the engine making around 430 horsepower and the electric motor bringing another 65 hp into the equation.

The new powertrain will see Mercedes use a new ’53’ nameplate for its lesser AMG models, replacing the ’43’ nomenclature currently used. Combined, the system should be noticeably more powerful than what’s currently offered in the 43 models, like the E43’s 396 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, for example.

After debuting in the new CLS, the system will trickle down throughout Mercedes’ range, appearing on the E-Class coupe and cabriolet models, as well as the S-Class. It’s unclear when it will find its way to the C-Class, but Wheels says it’s likely a case of when, and not if.

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Given how AMG handles its models, it won’t be a surprise if the 53 nameplate and hybrid powertrain ends up across its entire lineup.

The company is putting a focus in electrification, with Mercedes-Benz currently looking to launch its EQ series of electric vehicles. Mercedes-AMG also showed off a hybrid powertrain in the recent four-door GT Concept – though it’s not clear if the 805 horsepower system will be available in the car from launch.

[Source: Wheels]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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