Electric Mercedes-EQ models to get AMG treatment

Mercedes is plotting high-performance Mercedes-AMG versions of its future range of electric EQ models, bosses have revealed.

Mercedes EQC - full front studio

The Mercedes EQC is the first of 10 fully electric vehicles from the newly formed sub-brand and a rival for the Jaguar I-Pace. Also in the pipeline is an EQA electric hatchback and flagship EQS saloon, among with ‘several other saloon’ silhouettes, Auto Express understands. 

Speaking at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Ola Kallenius, Mercedes board member for research and development and future CEO, told us AMG variants of the all-electric EQ family are in the plan.

Mercedes to slim down model range

“EQ is a product and technology brand for electric intelligence,” Kallenius explained, “but I can see a pairing between EQ and AMG as well.”

Mercedes-AMG’s first foray into the world of electrification will come with plug-in hybrid technology called EQ Power Plus. Kallenius described the powertrain as a “KERS system for performance cars” and is understood to comprise the firm’s 4.0-litre V8 engine with a powerful electric motor. It will launch in 2020.

A future AMG version of the fully electric EQC is likely to use the existing 80kWh battery and more powerful electric motors at the sacrifice of range. A power figure well in excess of the standard model’s 402bhp output is expected.  

Get all the latest from the 2018 Paris Motor Show here...

Recommended

New 986bhp Mercedes-AMG One confirmed for 2022 launch
Mercedes-AMG One - 'ring
Mercedes

New 986bhp Mercedes-AMG One confirmed for 2022 launch

Production of F1-engined Mercedes-One hypercar will finally commence next year
14 Oct 2021
New Mercedes EQE SUV spied ahead of 2022 launch
Mercedes EQE SUV - front
Mercedes

New Mercedes EQE SUV spied ahead of 2022 launch

Mercedes will launch its electric EQE SUV next year, and our spies have spotted the BMW iX rival testing in pre-production form
12 Oct 2021
Only special standalone Mercedes-AMG electric cars to get ‘63’ badge
AMG Munich
Mercedes

Only special standalone Mercedes-AMG electric cars to get ‘63’ badge

The brand's current EVs are too heavy to wear AMG's top-line boot badge, with the high-performance 63 tag to be reserved for all-electric replacements…
10 Sep 2021
New Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS luxury electric SUV revealed
Mercedes-Maybach EQS - Munich front
Maybach

New Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS luxury electric SUV revealed

The Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS has been revealed at the 2021 Munich Motor Show, and is expected to morph into a flagship version of the upcoming EQS…
6 Sep 2021

Most Popular

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates
Ford Focus ST Line - front
Ford Focus Hatchback

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

Ford has given the Focus hatchback a refresh for 2021, with a new design and an improved infotainment suite
14 Oct 2021
Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger
Nissan Leaf
Nissan

Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger

The unusual new offer is available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 van – and it includes the cost of installing the wallbox charger at your home
13 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021