Mercedes Teases Upcoming Four-Cylinder AMG C-Class

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Photo credit: Mercedes-AMG
Photo credit: Mercedes-AMG
  • Mercedes-AMG released a brief teaser video for the next C-class performance variant.

  • It isn’t clear if its the C43 or C63, but given the subdued bodywork, the C43 seems more likely.

  • Both the next C43 and C63 will come with a hybrid inline-four powertrain, instead of the current V-6 and V-8 setups.

Mercedes-AMG has given us the first taste of a hotter C-class variant, although it isn’t yet clear whether this new teaser video shows a C43 or the full-fledged C63. While the previous C63 packed a 503-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine and the lesser C43 came with a still heady 385-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, we have known for some time that the new successors will instead utilize a hybridized inline-four setup.

The teaser shows a small portion of the front fascia, with the performance-oriented C-class sporting the “Panamericana” grille with vertical slats that all modern AMG variants wear. The lower air intakes look essentially identical to those on the standard C300, making us think this might be the C43 instead of the top-dog C63. Still, without a V-8, the C63 might not have significantly different cooling needs than the other four-cylinder-powered models.

Both the C43 and C63 are expected to have a hybridized, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Despite the smaller engine, the C63 is still expected to produce over 500 horsepower. Mercedes has already managed to eke out 416 horses from the four-cylinder engine in the CLA45 S, which isn’t sold in the U.S. The C43 won’t have quite as much power as the C63, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it move closer to the 400 hp mark. The Mercedes teaser didn’t provide any dates, but we expect to find out more about the next AMG C-class soon.

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