The sedan will have the lowest center of gravity of any Mercedes-Benz vehicle to date thanks to its cell-to-chassis design.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision AMG, a concept car that shows off the company’s plans for a new standalone electric performance saloon to compete with the Porsche Taycan. The 2025 production version will be the first AMG model to sit atop the company’s dedicated AMG platform. EA electric car platform – a structure based on a small battery that allows for a lower, more sporty shape than the current EVA electric car platform.
- Design inspired heavily by the Vision EQXX
- Will be the first model to sit on the new AMG.EA platform
- Will use compact axial-flux motors for greater efficiency and power
“In both design and proportions, we’ve taken full advantage of the new platform,” said Robert Lesnik, head of Mercedes-Benz exterior design. “The Vision AMG demonstrates what we’re working on: a low, sleek saloon with outstanding aerodynamics and enough space to comfortably seat four adults.”
The Vision EQXX Inspired The Design
It borrows heavily from the wind-cheating Vision EQXX saloon concept, which recently completed a 1,000-kilometer development drive from Stuttgart to Nice on a single charge. A blanked-off version of AMG’s signature Panamericana grille with an illuminated frame and 10 vertical bars is one of the Vision AMG’s key exterior design elements.
“We were able to make the bonnet very low and add more volume to the fenders because we didn’t have to worry about packing an internal combustion engine within the front end.” “We have a lot of design freedom with the AMG.EA platform,” Lesnik said. An extended dash-to-axle, comparatively low cowl, heavily raked windscreen, shallow, tapered glasshouse, and a plunging roofline emphasize the sporting lines.
Despite the lack of frameless doors on the design model, Mercedes-Benz claims that the production version of the Vision AMG will feature a large liftback-style tailgate similar to that of the upcoming second-generation GT coupe.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal how it will be developed for the production model, but our sister publication Autocar UK has learned that the concept’s round red tailpipe graphic will be reflected in the new AMG model’s tail-lamp design.
Active aerodynamics, like on the Vision EQXX, will play a key role, as will a rear spoiler that deploys to increase downforce at high speeds.
Interiors of Mercedes-Benz Vision AMG
The Vision AMG’s cabin fits snugly between the fenders and tapers back. The AMG platform, unlike Mercedes-EVA Benz’s platform, has a completely flat floor. Footwells in the back have been designed into the EA structure, with elements of the battery housed beneath the rear seat.
Lesnik explains, “This allows for more space and comfort in the back.” “We’ve designed a very low car, but it’ll also be a proper four-seater thanks to the long wheelbase.”
The new EV is 147mm longer than the Porsche Taycan and slightly longer than the Mercedes-AMG GT 4Matic 4-door at 5,100mm. The wheelbase alone is over 3,000mm long.
The Battery and Powertrain of Mercedes-Benz Vision AMG
The AMG.EA platform will have a cell-to-chassis design, with the battery pack integrated into the structure, giving the new saloon the lowest center of gravity of any Mercedes-Benz model before it.
The carmaker hasn’t revealed any details about the drivetrain, but the electric motors developed by YASA, which was recently acquired by Mercedes-Benz, will be used exclusively in the AMG.EA platform. YASA, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, specializes in compact ‘axial-flux’ motors, which are claimed to have higher efficiency and power while being lighter and smaller than the radial units used in Mercedes-current Benz’s EVs.
“We will redefine the future of driving performance with higher power density and continuous torque delivery,” says Mercedes-AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer. “Everything is being built from the ground up.”
There are a variety of setups available, including single- and dual-motor systems, with the latter providing full torque vectoring functionality via a 4Matic four-wheel drive system.
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The new EV will also get its own bespoke battery with cells reserved exclusively for AMG models, as the GT63 E-Performance plug-in hybrid has already done. Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that starting in 2025, it will use a new silicon anode material from US firm Sila in production models, offering a 40% increase in energy density over existing graphite anodes and thus significantly increasing range.
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