Mercedes-AMG is now all but official when it comes to revealing its new 53 series models at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The new models are expected to bring the company’s new inline-six and electrification to three new model variants.
Rumors of new AMG models featuring the electrified inline-six have been swirling around for months, but apparently its now a go. After speaking with AMG boss Tobias Moers, the European publication is confirming a Detroit debut for the powertrain duo.
The new 53 series is expected to first launch with a CLS53, using the all-new CLS that was revealed last week in LA as the basis. Powering this car will be an AMG version of the 3.0-liter inline-six that is already found in the CLS450. However, AMG will also work with an electric motor as well, marking the first time an AMG car has been a hybrid.
Although less confirmed, it is expected that Mercedes-AMG will reveal E53 coupe and cabriolet models in Detroit alongside the CLS53.
Previous reports have suggested this new powertrain will offer around 450 horsepower, putting the CLS53 within reach of today’s CLS63 model. Mercedes has already said the replacement for the CLS63 will be the brand’s new AMG-only GT sedan, so the CLS53 will be the range-topper of the CLS lineup.
At the core of this new powertrain will be Mercedes’ new 48-volt electrical architecture, which happens to already be in place in both the new E Class and CLS Class.