The next generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will ditch the Mercedes-AMG C 43 version and get a C 53 variant instead, equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine currently available on the Mercedes-AMG A 45. First spy pictures.
Mercedes-Benz is preparing a new generation C-Class. The model would be available on global markets starting next year, and performance versions will not be missing from the German manufacturerâ€™s portfolio. According to sources close to the company, Mercedes-Benz will abandon the Mercedes-AMG C 43 version and its place will be taken by the Mercedes-AMG C 53 variant.
One of the test prototypes was caught during a test session in northern Europe. Things like the thicker bumpers, four exhausts and large brake discs indicate that we are dealing here with the C-Class tuned by Mercedes-AMG, which according to the new nomenclature will probably go through life as the C 53. The performance version will be equipped with the Pan-Americana front grille, with much larger air intakes and slightly more aggressive spoilers. The Germans will add a better braking system and recalibrated suspensions to provide dynamic sports behavior.
If the current Mercedes-AMG C 43 is equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, the future Mercedes-AMG C 53 will receive instead a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Voices close to the company say Germans will use the same engine currently available on the Mercedes-AMG A 45, but there is no information on the power resources reserved for the AMG C 53. The same sources mention that the Germans will couple the 2.0-liter engine with an electric motor and a compressor, to completely eliminate the turbo lag. The new engine will be coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
Also, the Mercedes-AMG C 53 will most likely be a plug-in hybrid. The 400 hp of the current C 43 (still with the six-cylinder) will easily be matched by the new Mercedes-AMG C 53 thanks to a partly electrified drivetrain. The current C 300 e already achieves a combined power of 320 hp from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with electrical assistance.
The switch from the six-in-line to a four-cylinder plug-in would not come out of the blue. Mercedes has been referring to reducing the range of large engines for some time. The stricter CO2 standards especially force Mercedes-AMG to look at alternative powertrains. At the end of last year, Mercedesâ€™ sporty division announced that it is looking at â€˜cleanerâ€™ powertrains and plug-ins to also reduce emissions of the more powerful Mercedes models.