Mercedes CLS will be first to receive AMG 53 badge; will get straight-six engine and 48 volt electric motor
Mercedes Benz is gearing up to launch new AMG 53 lineup in 2018 and CLS is going to be the first model from the German luxury carmaker to receive the performance badge. This new lineup will be joining the likes of AMG 43 and AMG 63 models that have separated the brand’s performance focused cars from the rest of the models for quite some time.
Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed the news. He also said that E-Class will follow the CLS shortly to don the AMG 53 performance badge. Another interesting fact about this upcoming AMG 53 performance models will be they will receive the luxury auto manufacturer’s new 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine and it will be combined with a 48 volt electrical system.
Clearly, Mercedes-AMG is aiming to enhance its strength in the performance focused luxury car market and AMG 53 will be targeting those customers who want more power than AMG 43 badged cars, but not as expensive as AMG 63 models. However, the German auto major is yet to reveal the specification of the upcoming AMG 53 cars.
The upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is likely to churn out around 430 hp of peak power. But we have to wait more to learn about the actual specification. Nearly all the Mercedes-Benz cars are expected to receive this badge in coming years in order to increase the option to the customers resulting in higher sales.
Considering the fact that Indian buyers are showing more interest towards high performance luxury cars and Mercedes Benz is committed towards increasing its market share in the country’s luxury car space, we can assume the auto major will roll out these AMG 53 models here. However, that is unlikely to happen before 2019.
Mercedes-AMG boss also reveals that the AMG 53 models will be available in various body variations like coupe, cabriole. Initially, these models are expected to be launched in US and European markets and later on in rest of the global markets.
Source: Automotive News