Customers dictate. Speaking at the recent New York Auto Show, Tobias Moers, head of the Mercedes-AMG arm, said that in the future, all models developed by the division he runs will be available exclusively with all-wheel drive.
Just a few days ago, Tobias Moers revealed that starting in 2021, all versions signed by the division he runs will integrate electrified propulsion systems. Now, the Mercedes-AMG Chief has an interesting news for the fans: in the next period, the rear-wheel drive versions will disappear from the German manufacturer’s range. This decision was taken as a result of market demand.
“Customers have come up with a response, and most of them want all-wheel-drive versions. When we are offering a standard rear-wheel drive model and full traction was only on the optional list, over 90% of customers were selecting 4Matic versions, “said Tobias Moers.
The same rule would apply to the future Mercedes-AMG GT. “When I talk to customers about the Mercedes-AMG GT, many of them are asking about the 4Matic system. For example, people in Munich are always asking about the 4Matic system, I think they are thinking about safety and stability,” Moers said.
As we already reported, another news related to the future of Mercedes-AMG is that the sporty division prepares the electrification of each performance model in the range. From 2021 all Mercedes-AMG versions will integrate such systems. Tobias Moers said electric cars are the key to the future and electrification brings efficiency and performance.
The purely electric Mercedes-AMG cars are still very distant, not expected to be common in the next decade, but their first plug-in hybrid is not far away. The four-door GT study used that layout and it is expected that the hybrid system will pop-up in the series version as well later on, putting it in direct competition with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.