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Next-gen Mercedes-AMG C63 to lose V8: report

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 will reportedly swap the current 4.0-litre V8 for an electrified 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

Mercedes-AMG will charge on with electrification as the next C63 mid-sizer is set to follow the GT 4-door and go hybrid, according to overseas reports.

But don’t expect to see the return of the ubiquitous 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine with an electric boost, Autocar claims the new-generation C63 will instead halve its cylinder count and make use of the A45’s 2.0-litre unit.

Expect to see combined outputs from the 310kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and integrated 48-volt electric motor exceed the current C63 S’ 375kW/700Nm figures, but exact numbers are still unknown.

Mounted to the gearbox, as seen on the current CLS53, the electric motor will also adopt a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged through braking.

Rear-drive is also reportedly out the window, as Mercedes looks to better get outputs to the road via all-wheel-drive traction.

The C63 sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible won’t be the only nameplate to receive the petrol-electric hybrid powerplant either, as the new engine is set to spread to the GLC63 mid-size SUV, as well as the C43 and GLC43 variants – albeit in a more sedate tune.

As such, the 43 nameplates will forego their current 287kW/520Nm 3.0-litre V6 engines for the hybrid powertrain.

Halving the C63’s cylinder count will also reduce weight over the front axle, while the all-wheel drivetrain is also set to be tuned with a rear-axle bias, similar to the current E63 setup.

The next Mercedes-AMG C63 will reportedly break cover in 2022.