V-8 rumored to make way for electrified 4-banger

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Mercedes-Benz is working on a new generation of its C-Class, and a prototype for the car’s high-performance Mercedes-AMG C63 variant has been spotted for the first time.

Our previous spy shots showed prototypes for the regular C-Class and Mercedes-AMG C43-replacing C53.

The new C-Class is due out in 2021, likely as a 2022 model. While AMG should have the C53 ready at launch, the C63’s launch is expected to be staggered by about 6-12 months. Part of the reason for the delay is due to the radical shift in powertrain technology expected for the new C63.

Former AMG chief Tobias Moers let slip in 2018 that the next C63 will have a hybrid powertrain, and the powertrain in question is rumored to be a mild-hybrid setup incorporating a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 as the internal-combustion component. Yes, we might be saying goodbye to the V-8 shortly.

AMG’s inline-4 already delivers a…

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