Mercedes-AMG has long been developing a high-performance hybrid system, with the Project One hypercar being a good example of such a system. New reports suggest we may soon be getting a more toned-down version of the hybrid performance powertrain soon in the next generation Mercedes-Benz CLS.
According to Australia's Motoring.com, an internal source revealed that the new AMG 53 engine will feature an inline-six turbocharged engine coupled with a 67 horsepower electric motor. Combined output of the hybrid powertrain is said to be in the region of 496 horsepower. The new AMG 53 engine will also supposedly supplant the current AMG 43 engine line, which uses a 3.0-liter V6 engine.
Since most of the Mercedes-Benz line up also share the same powerplant, it is likely that the engine will also find its way into the rest of the model line up that uses the MRA modular platform. Given that Mercedes-AMG have confirmed that they will implement hybrid technologies in the future, a lineup of part-hybrid AMG models is within the realms of possibility.
Additionally, Mercedes-AMG also confirmed that plans that a fully electric AMG could be expected in the future. In fact, Mercedes-Benz has already proven themselves on fully electric high performance vehicles before with the SLS AMG Electric Drive.
While Mercedes-Benz has yet to make an official statement, it is best to take things with a grain of salt. What we are sure of is that Mercedes-AMG will be using hybridization to boost performance instead of your average hybrid vehicle.