Mercedes-AMG is famous for using powerful engines but it’s also now set to fit hybrid powertrains on its vehicles in keeping with the trend to get more from less. This doesn’t signal in any way that it has decided to move away from big engines. In fact, it has recently presented the all-new 2014 CLA45 AMG at the 2013 New York Auto Show, with an output of 355hp from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
Mercedes-AMG Chairman Ola Källenius recently had a talk with Edmunds about the auto industry's quickly evolving push toward environmental solutions. Källenius said that hybrid will be in the future of even its sports cars. He said that there’s still plenty of room for improvement for its traditional AMG engines.
It expects to achieve a further 20% decline in fuel consumption by 2017 (its 50th anniversary). Källenius also said that the company will build the hybrid as soon as the market is ready for it. He explained that it’s easy to use Mercedes-Benz technology in its cars but that it’s struggling to reduce the hybrid’s battery weight. He pointed out though that because of the new F1 regulations, there’s a convergence in what the companies are working on.
Källenius added that AMG will still focus on getting additional output from its gasoline engines as long as the industry doesn’t enforce the use of hybrid technology in at least several applications.
He clarified that AMG isn’t about to shift to using diesels even as BMW and Audi have worked with diesel engines for their own in-house high-performance tuning divisions. He explained that the direct-injection gasoline engine has the advantage of “aggressiveness and pure delivery and sound" compared to diesel engines.