Mercedes-AMG previews concept for first bespoke sports EV
10 May 2022 - Autocar
Performance division will next week show an EV concept that will evolve into a production car for 2025
An electric Mercedes-AMG concept car is set to be revealed next week, giving clues to a production model set to launch in 2025.
The revelation, made by Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car Summit, came as he outlined Mercedes’ plans to develop only electric car platforms from 2025 and to offer only electric cars for sale so long as market conditions allow.
“Next week, we will show what we think the electric performance world will look like when it's made by AMG,” said Källenius.
"That’s hot off the press for you today, so stay tuned for some announcements that we will make next week. We will give you a glimpse of AMG performance as all-electric.”
No technical details of the model were revealed beyond it having “a fully dedicated electric architecture from the ground up”, but the intimation was that the car will act as a halo for the performance brand’s electric future.
A preview image posted to Instagram by Mercedes designer Gordon Wagener gives little away beyond confirming the new sports car will take some influence from the long-range Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept, particularly at the rear end. The prominent haunches and low-slung silhouette look to be carried over, too, though the new model looks to feature a shorter (perhaps two-door) glasshouse and a more overtly cab-forward stance.
Last year, Mercedes announced that it will launch three electric-only platforms in 2025 as it seeks to “go all-in” on electric. Källenius today described it as a key move “to make the electric market, not to wait for it to come”.
Mercedes estimates that its investments into EVs between 2022 and 2030 will amount to more than €40 billion (£34bn).
Last year, the firm’s COO and R&D boss, Markus Schäfer, confirmed that AMG variants of all EQ models will be developed.