Mercedes Says EQC And B-Class Won’t Get AMG Variants

Mercedes-AMG has worked on an increasing number of Mercedes-Benz models in recent years, but there are some of them the performance brand will not touch.

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.

Also Read: 2019 Mercedes B-Class Goes On Sale In The UK, Starts At £26,755

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.

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  • Bash

    Too bad, because (I must say) that 0-100 time of under 5 sec. is not good for an EV car. I thought or better said assumed that the AMG version would have fixed that by cutting that time in half, at least!

    • baofe

      I get where you’re coming from in terms of the competition but lets be real here. How many of the people buying these electric crossover/SUVs are going to constantly launch their cars from 0-60 and need it to be under 3 seconds? In all honesty 5 seconds is fast enough for everyday driving. Companies should shift focus onto more important issues like faster charging and longer range.

      • Bash

        I absolutely know and agree with you and your point, plus I figured that it is only suitable and logical for the tri-star brand and the well established reputation of being the most -affordable- true luxury brand is to focus on the smooth ride and bring it to an almost cloud like or marshmallow kinda of riding level. that level of comfort does not need a sub-3 sec acceleration time. add this point to the point that you have mentioned. I was just referring to on earlier discussion about the same subject and the same EQC sometime ago. and would have thought that all the Tesla fans or whatever other Ev fan been bragging about. I do not want the EQC to compete with Tesla. I simply wants to to surpass it!

  • Thomas Schiffer

    Moers is right. There is no large market for an AMG B-Klasse or EQC so there is no point in offering a genuine AMG-tuned version of these cars.

    The B-Klasse is a comfort-oriented MPV which is generally purchased by older buyers with no interest in performance, and the EQC is probably bought by virtue signaling ‘environmentalists’ who want to show off how ‘green’ they are.

    By the way, the regular B-Klasse with the AMG body kit looks quite nice.

  • Mr. EP9

    Good.

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