The company’s first AMG.EA model will be the Performance Saloon.
With the unveiling the Vision AMG, Mercedes-AMG revealed its plans to create an electric performance saloon that can compete with the Porsche Taycan.
The production version will be the first AMG model to take place atop the company’s AMG.EA platform – a structure based around a compact lithium-ion battery that allows for a lower and sportier shape than Mercedes-Benz’s EVA electric car platform. This platform is also used by the Mercedes EQS saloons and Mercedes EQE.
Robert Lesnik, head Mercedes-Benz Exterior Design, stated that the platform has been fully utilized in terms of design and proportions. “Vision AMG is a sleek, low saloon that can accommodate four people comfortably. It has outstanding aerodynamics.”
The design is heavily influenced by the wind-cheating Vision EQXX – a saloon concept that has recently achieved new levels of efficiency in a 626 mile development drive from Stuttgart, Nice. It features a low-set front and a heavily curved roofline, as well as a ducktail rear spoiler. This includes a blanked-off version AMG’s iconic Panamericana grille, with an illuminated frame, and 10 vertical bars.
“Without having to worry about putting an internal combustion engine in the front end, we were able to lower the bonnet and increase the volume of the fenders.” He says that the AMG.EA platform allows us a lot of flexibility in design.
An extended dash to-axle, comparatively low cowl and heavily raked windshield, shallow, tapered glasseshouse, and a plunging roofline accentuate the sporting lines.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the production Vision AMG will have four frameless doors and a large liftback-style rear tailgate, similar to the one in the GT coupe’s second-generation GT coupe.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet provided any details about how it will be built for the production model. Autocar was told however that the round red tailpipe design from the concept will be reflected on the new AMG model’s tail lamp design.
Active aerodynamics will also play a major role on the Vision EQXXX with a rear spoiler, which deploys to increase downforce at speeds among other functions.
The new EV measures 5100mm in length and is slightly longer than the Mercedes-AMG GT 4Matic 4door. It also has 147mm more than the Porsche Taycan. The wheelbase is more than 3000mm.
The Vision AMG’s cabin is well positioned within the prominent fenders, and tapers backwards. The AMG.EA structure is designed to accommodate rear footwells, unlike Mercedes-Benz’s EVA platform which has a flat floor. Elements of the battery are located underneath the rear seat.
Lesnik says that this allows for more space and comfort in rear. We’ve made a low car, but it has a long wheelbase so it can be a four-seater.”
Autocar believes the AMG.EA platform will have a cell-to-chassis layout with the battery pack as part of the structure. This will give the new saloon a lower centre of gravity than any other Mercedes-Benz model.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet provided any details about the drivetrain. However, it recently acquired Oxford-based engineering company YASA. Their electric motors will be used exclusively on the AMG.EA platform.
YASA is now a fully owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz. It specialises in compact ‘axial-flux motors. These motors are claimed to be more efficient and powerful than current radial units.
Philipp Schiemer CEO of Mercedes-AMG says, “With higher power density we will redefine driving performance.” “We are developing everything from scratch.”
There are many options for setting up different outputs, including single- or dual-motor systems. The latter offers full torque vectoring functionality via a similar 4Matic four wheel drive system to the EQS53 4Matic.
A bespoke battery will be provided for the new EV, with cells reserved only for AMG models. This is a step previously taken by the GT63 E-Performance plug-in-hybrid. Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will use the new Sila silicon anode material in its production models starting in 2025. This material offers a 40% increase in energy density and significantly increases range.
Q&A with Robert Lesnik, head Mercedes-Benz exterior design
What design priorities were set for AMG’s first electric vehicle?
“We wanted a car that was low, had a good stance, and could be used for practicality. It also needed four doors. This is possible with the AMG.EA platform. To get the right shape, we did many proportional models. The surface is extremely smooth and there are no redundant lines. You will see elements from the Vision EQXX. Aerodynamics are very important in a car such as this. It reduces drag and decreases downforce. The production car will include active aerodynamics. There are many options.
What are your thoughts on how you have reinterpreted AMG design elements from the past?
“We have illuminated the grille to make it more prominent. An electric car doesn’t require a functioning grille to manage airflow, but we wanted the concept to be familiar. It is lower than any other AMG model. The headlamps were also updated with a star-shaped design. It should be a distinctive element. The bonnet is emblazoned with the Mercedes-Benz logo, just like on Project One.
What’s next Mercedes-AMG’s electric vehicles?
“The AMG.EA platform offers a lot of scope design-wise. We can go lower than the EVA platform. We don’t create new platforms for one model, so I won’t reveal too much. The Vision AMG is just a beginning. We can be certain that there will be more AMG-specific electric models later.