Like most automakers, Daimler has big plans for electrification. We already saw the launch of the new EQ electric vehicle as well as the integration of the lightweight hybrid EQ Boost system into the Mercedes-Benz range. But what about its performance division, AMG? A month ago, the company said 2019 would be "the year of plug-in hybrids". This will be the case for Mercedes-Benz models, and also for AMG cars. Moreover, in an interview with the British publication Autocar, the head of external affairs for emissions at Mercedes, Frank Overmeyer, said that "all the AMG vehicles will be available in the future with plug-in hybrids as an option," adding that the current light hybrid system is not a good strategy for AMG as emission reductions are too low. In most cases, there will be an AMG-specific version of the EQ Power plug-in hybrid system already offered with the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class. The power will be increased which is quite logical since AMG customers look for more performance than a reduction in fuel consumption. The famous AMG V12 will soon be retired and sources say it could be replaced by a V8-powered electric combo developing more than 800 horsepower. Overmeyer also confirms that the driving experience will be improved thanks to the faster acceleration provided by the torque-rich electric motor. Of course, adding more components will make the hybrid versions heavier than the regular AMG models, so we'll have to see how the engineers at Daimler will compensate for this extra weight. According to Left Lane News, smaller and more compact AMG models, such as Class A, CLA and GLA, will use a different technology. The site also reports that the first copies will be marketed in Europe by 2020. The plans for Canada and the United States are not yet known.