Speaking with Motor Trend at the Frankfurt Motor Show, AMG chief Tobias Moers clarified that the new EQC and B-Class shall not get the AMG treatment. Understandably, Affalterbach’s engineers won’t work on the German brand’s commercial vans either.
The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class is available with an AMG Line package in Europe consisting of 18-inch wheels, a unique body kit, lowered suspension, and an upgraded steering system, but that’s just a bells-and-whistles job. AMG could undoubtedly make B 35 or B 45 variants of the B-Class using the engines from the A 35 and A 45 if it wanted to, however demand for such models doesn’t justify such an investment.
Then we come to the Mercedes-Benz EQC. This crossover is the first all-electric vehicle in the brand’s new EQ-family of vehicles and sold exclusively with a 402 HP powertrain that’s good for a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint of under five seconds. Moers didn’t specify why AMG won’t tweak the EQC.
It is possible they may be thinking building an AMG-branded electric vehicle isn’t the smartest move so early on in their push towards electrification – and, besides, with a touch over 400 horsepower, the standard model has more than enough oomph as it stands.
Mercedes-AMG most recently unveiled the GLB 35 in Frankfurt, and it’ll be interesting to see how receptive customers are to such a model. Many diehard enthusiasts aren’t particularly fond of the division’s moves to diversify its portfolio, but it clearly has no intention of slowing down.