Mercedes-AMG will reveal its first all-electric sedan at the 2021 Munich motor show.
The company says the Mercedes-AMG reveal, likely a fettled version of the large EQS fastback, will show the brand’s “clear commitment to fuse fully electric models with characteristic AMG DNA”.
It’s promising not just impressive performance figures, but also “involving and emotional handling”.
The Munich motor show, referred to as IAA Mobility, will run from September 7-12. It’ll also see the debut of the EQE sedan and a new Maybach model.
Mercedes-Benz has previously said a 580kW version of the EQS was in the works, pumping out 195kW more than the current range-topping EQS580 4Matic.
For context, the previous generation Mercedes-AMG S63 put out 450kW of power and 900Nm of torque.
The electric AMG will be the first electric Mercedes-AMG since the SLS Electric Drive and the first to use a dedicated all-electric platform.
Mercedes-AMG revealed some details of its all-electric plans earlier in 2021.
The tuning arm’s new all-electric powertrain is claimed to have performance levels on par with the current 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine.
With two independent synchronous electric motors and fully variable all-wheel drive, Mercedes-AMG claims a 0-100km/h sprint of less than 4.0 seconds.
For reference, the EQS580 4Matic does 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds.
Paired with a 400-volt lithium-ion battery adapted for better performance, Mercedes-AMG also claims this powertrain has a theoretical top speed of 250km/h.
The AMG EVs will be positioned in the performance segment of the 43 and 53 series models, suggesting they won’t be quite as wild to drive as AMG’s 63 series models.
Mercedes-AMG has confirmed they’ll use a dedicated all-electric architecture, essentially confirming they’ll be based on the Electric Vehicle Architecture that has spawned the EQE and EQS, and will receive an AMG-tuned air suspension.
The tuning arm will get a dedicated EV architecture after 2025, one of three architectures being launched by Mercedes-Benz.
It’ll be called AMG.EA, and will debut along with the MB.EA platform for medium to large vehicles and the VAN.EA platform for, you guessed it, vans.
Visually, Mercedes-AMG is designing its new battery-electric models with the same AMG characteristics of their current models.
That includes vertical louvers on the grille and a unique front apron, rear spoiler, diffuser and wheels.
Mercedes-AMG has also engineered a sound package, titled the ‘AMG Sound Experience’, for these battery-electric variants that amplifies the auditory experience of driving the vehicle via the sound system.
While Mercedes-AMG will begin its rollout of electric vehicles this year, it’s also introducing a couple of plug-in hybrids.
The next-generation C63 AMG will use an electrified four-cylinder powertrain, while the upcoming GT73e 4-Door Coupe will mate a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with a rear-mounted electric motor.