The 43-badged models from Mercedes-AMG provide a choice to those who want something a bit different from the standard Mercedes model but cannot afford the full-blown AMG variant. But a new report says the 43s will transition to 53s and come with an electric motor to boot.
Wheels has learned from a source that the next-generation CLS-Class - due in 2018 - will be the first Mercedes-AMG model to debut the 53 badge. It will use a new turbocharged 3.0L inline-six with 429 horsepower, along with a mild-hybrid system that is capable of producing 70 extra horsepower when needed. Like other mild-hybrid systems, this will not allow the CLS 53 to travel on electric power alone.
Other models such as the E-Class coupe and cabriolet, and S-Class will follow.