Many automakers have reshaped their fleet as hybridization and electrification sweeps the industry. Mercedes-AMG is among the first to take steps toward a more environmentally-friendly lineup of performance vehicles such as the electric AMG EQS. The C-Class’ AMG counterpart is close to production as evidenced by a tweet from Mercedes-AMG’s official account.
This first-look is brief and doesn’t explicitly disclose the trim, but its reserved styling and lack of performance-related styling cues hint at the possibility of it being a lower-end C43 or C53. A lower grille and sharper headlights revealed by the video are identical to aspects shared on other new AMG models. While these aspects do verify the fact that it is the next-generation, W206 C-Class AMG, very little can be reported for certain at this point.
It has been confirmed that the beloved 4.0L, twin turbo V8 that Mercedes-AMG is so very well known for will not be transferred to new C-Class AMG models. The iconic motor will be swapped out for a 2.0L, turbocharged inline-four found in many compact Mercedes-AMG models. Formula-1-like hybrid technology will assist the four-cylinder for a total output of at least 500 horses as Mercedes had stated last year.
Pre-production testing has been well underway for the past many months; the next-generation C-Class AMG will be unveiled sometime mid-to-late this year.