Spotted the first four-pot hybrid AMG C-Class is expected within the next 12 months as the first prototypes
The upcoming Mercedes-AMG C53 4Matic has been spied on being tested in cold weather for the first time, less than a year ahead of plans for UK showrooms alongside standard versions of the new, fifth-generation C-Class.
Set for direct competitor Audi C4 and BMW M340i all-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive C53 will replace the existing C43 4Matic all-wheel drive. It is part of AMG's extensive new C-Class alongside the successor models for today's C63 and C63 S - each in sedan, station wagon, coupe and convertible body styles.
Despite its extensive disguise, the C53 prototype pictured here clearly differs from the standard version of the new C-Class we've already caught and tested with type-series AMG styling elements, including an 'in' grille with vertical louvres, a deeper front bumper assembly with new vertical channels and so-called cops within the outer edge, wider sills and an exclusive rear bumper body with four round tailpipes.
It also sports large brake discs and what appear to be six-pot front brake calipers - a sign that this is no ordinary C-Class. Further differentiation from the previous fifth-generation C-Class prototypes include 18-inch wheels, it's an open-spoke stance and a solid-spoke back.
First, as Autocar reported last year, AMG has decided on a four-cylinder strategy for the new C-Class models.
The C53 plans to avoid the existing C3.0's turbocharged 6-liter V43 petrol engine by further developing the turbocharged version of the 2,0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine already used on the A35 and its more powerful A45 twins.
There is simply nothing official, although indications of it will be set to develop around a power increase of 380 hp, giving the new C53 a subtle 13bhp increase in power over the previous C43.
Along with the new engine, the new AMG model is slated to adopt a nine-speed automatic transmission and a heavily upgraded all-wheel drive system from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, car learned AMG is also developing a new advanced turbocharger setup in partnership with Brixworth based on the division's high performance powertrain for use in future production models, including a new four-cylinder engine for service in the upcoming C63 in the second half of 2021.
A similar system is already being used on Mercedes vehicles on its F1 racing car and set to appear on Project One hypercar, the new layout is understood to add an electric motor and a compressor to the intake system to boost performance, eliminate turbo lag and ensure what AMG insiders describe as “energy harvesting.” back into the system for extra performance.”
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