Late last month, we learned that several Mercedes-Benz vehicles could soon be discontinued as part of the German automaker's new cost-savings plan. On the chopping block could be the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the coupe/convertible variants of the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. Even the once highly popular C-Class sedan has seen decreased sales lately and production is now moving from Alabama to Germany.
Despite everything, Mercedes has no intention of eliminating its S-Class flagship sedan. The next-generation sedan, due as a 2021 model, is already being teased and all indicators say it'll be one of the most technologically-advanced luxury vehicles on the market. However, little has been said regarding the eventual AMG versions, until now that is.
According to the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog, the next Mercedes-AMG S63 will come powered with plug-in hybrid technology paired to an updated version of the familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing around 603 horsepower. The electric motor will provide an additional 201 hp for a combined total of over 800 hp.
The full name for this super-luxury sedan will be the Mercedes-AMG S63 EQ Performance 4Matic+. Kind of a long name, we know, but bear in mind this will be the most powerful AMG-ified S-Class available since the AMG S65 is no more. Instead, the upcoming next-gen Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will assume that role. Unfortunately, the next AMG S63 isn't due to be unveiled until sometime later next year because the standard S-Class lineup will arrive first.
And speaking of which, the all-new S-Class, internally called W223, is scheduled to officially debut on September 2. The fact that Mercedes-AMG is adding electrification to its next-generation lineup should not come as a surprise to anyone. Although the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series just debut, the brand's next two-door high-performance coupe is very much in the works, and yes, it'll also surely feature plug-in hybrid technology as well. This is all one step towards the ultimate goal of producing solely battery-electric vehicles, though doing so will still require several more years.