Mercedes-Benz to switch its entire AMG lineup to electric powertrains
Mercedes-Benz plans to start offering electrified (PHEV) versions of all of ots AMG models. Starting next year, the cars will ship with an optional EQ Power+ module that will offer around 50 kilometers (30 miles) of all-electric driving range. It will also improve the overall performance of the car.
The new PHEV unit comprises an electric motor rated at 122 hp (91 kW) and 440 Nm (327 lb-ft) of torque, and a traction battery. Similar solutions are currently being used in the E-Class, S-Class and C-Class hybrid cars. That said, while the old EQ Power module prioritizes fuel efficiency, the Plus/AMG version will target maximum performance.
Mercedes-AMG has two mild hybrids on its current lineup, the GLE 53 and the CLS 53. Both ship with the same hybrid drivetrain that includes a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, a 48V starter-generator and an electric supercharger. Both initially offer 435 hp (326 kW) and 520 Nm (387 lb-ft) of torque, but can benefit from a temporary boost adding another 22 hp (17 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
Reporter Artem Sukhanov