While waiting for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class debuts, we interviewed AMG's Tobias Moers at the 2019 Frankfurt car exhibition to review the 2021 C-Class AMG models and the future of AMG.

A C 63 Plug-In Hybrid?

Moers affirmed that AMG is going hybrid, something we've heard is about to come. The following C-and S-Class AMG models will be plug-in hybrids, however, don't expect a gigantic EV version from powertrains we're guaranteed will be engineered differently in contrast to non-AMG Mercedes plug-ins.

The outgoing C 63 S—that is where the 4.0-liter turbo V-8 makes 503 hp—is useful for 18/27 mpg city/highway as a car, yet just 17/26 mpg as a coupe and 17/24 mpg as a drop-top. Certainly, roll your eye at mpgs in an AMG story, yet improved fuel economy means more AMGs later on and—most likely—a more driving range before needing to fill up. Particularly in a sport mode, the plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 2021 C 63 could prompt satisfying temporary boosts in speeding up.

AMG Going For Four

You can hope to see a version powering a future 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG model. Likely taking over the 385-hp turbo-six in the present C 43, performance should work well with that model. When we drove a 2017 C 43, it hit 60 mph in a MotorTrend-tried 4.2 seconds, and a recently tried C 63 S arrived at 60 in an even 4.0 seconds.

AMG AWD For All

Each 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG model will have AWD. The current C 43 models do, and the cutting edge C 63's substitution needs to have a rear-biased AWD system with a drift mode. Besides the recently reported move to hybrid power,  it may lightly change how individuals view AMG. Buyers experience the Mercedes sub-brand got a lift once "AMG-lite" models went on sales.