Yesterday we uncovered a Daimler patent filing for ‘C 53’ that likely signals the arrival of a new C-Class AMG powered by the automaker’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine and 48V hybrid system.
Today we have a second patent filing to bring you, with Daimler filing to reserve the ‘G 53’ nameplate with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The most logical use of the ‘G 53’ badge would be for a new AMG variant of the second-generation G-Class. Seeing as the E 53 AMG and CLS 53 AMG use Mercedes-Benz’s new mild hybrid performance powertrain, which consists of a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine and 48V mild-hybrid system, we’re expecting the same setup to appear in the G 53 AMG, if Mercedes-Benz actually intends to put such a model into production.
There is a slight problem, though. The 2019 G550 uses Mercedes-Benz’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which makes 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque in the application. By comparison, the automaker’s inline-six setup is only good for 435 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque in the E 53 and CLS 53. With a much lower torque figure than the G550’s V8, the powertrain probably wouldn’t result in a quick enough product to justify the presence of an AMG badge.
Either Mercedes-Benz has a more robust version of the mild hybrid inline-six powertrain in the works for the G 53 AMG, or it just reserved the nameplate so it doesn’t get used by another automaker. We also stumbled upon a filing for G 43 AMG, so it does seem possible that Mercedes is simply covering its bases with these trademark filings.
Earlier this year, AutoGuide dug up a number of other Mercedes-Benz trademark filings, which included ‘G 73′. This is a product that we are almost certain will arrive. Rumors point to the upcoming ’73’ series of AMG models using a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and a plug-in hybrid system. Such a powertrain was previewed with the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, which made 805 hp. Daimler has filed to reserve ‘G73’ with the WIPO, along with S 73 and GLS 73.
Whatever these trademark filings indicate, there’s one thing we know for sure: Mercedes-AMG is going to be very, very busy in coming years. We’ll have more interesting Mercedes-Benz trademark filings to bring you shortly, so stay tuned.
a version of this article first appeared on AutoGuide