EQS SUV leads Merc’s EV blitz
Mercedes has confirmed three more electric EQ models, headed by a big luxury SUV
Mercedes-benz will launch three new electric models – the EQE saloon, EQE SUV and flagship EQS SUV – as part of its rapidly expanding electrification programme.
The models were confirmed in an investor presentation in which Mercedes also revealed plans to electrify its three other sub-brands – AMG, Maybach and G – with AMG beginning the process in 2021 (see p7).
The iconic G-class off-roader, as long rumoured, will go electric in the future, while the ultra-luxury Maybach line-up will double in size.
And that’s not all. Mercedes is also developing a prototype EV, dubbed the Vision EQXX, that could offer the longest range of any battery-electric car yet produced.
The newly confirmed EQ models will all be based on Mercedes’ dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). This will be used first in the already confirmed EQS luxury saloon, which is set to be introduced in the UK during the second half of next year. Prototypes of the EQS saloon, EQE saloon and EQS SUV were shown in a video during the conference.
Mercedes’ vice-president of EQ vehicles, Christoph Starzynski, described the EQE saloon as a “business limousine of the future” that’s “slightly smaller than the EQS”.
As well as being built in Germany, it will be produced in China in a joint venture with Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation.
The EQE saloon will arrive in 2022 alongside the EQS SUV. This is the first time the highriding luxury model – conceived as a Tesla Model X rival – has been officially acknowledged. No details have been given about the EQE SUV, but insiders suggest a 2023 launch.
The new EVS bring the tally of confirmed EQ sub-brand models to eight, with the EQA and EQB crossovers already confirmed to join the existing EQC SUV and EQV minibus.
Two further as-yet-unnamed EQ models will be added by the end of 2025 as part of a plan to spend up to €10 billion (£9.1bn) to establish the sub-brand.
Contrary to previous reports, the entry-level EQ model, the Gla-based EQA, will make production before the end of this year. The Glbbased EQB will follow in 2021.
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The Vision EQXX prototype will have a range of nearly 750 miles
the investor conference was the Vision EQXX. Details are scarce, but Mercedes has confirmed it’s a prototype intended to have the longest range and be the most efficient electric car ever built. A preview sketch appeared to confirm that the EQXX will take the form of a low-slung two-door.
The suggestion is that it would be able to travel from Beijing to Shanghai on one charge, meaning a range approaching 750 miles. Engineers are touting battery efficiency and a focus on aerodynamics as being a greater factor in the range increase than simply adding larger batteries.
However, the EQXX isn’t expected to enter series production. Rather it will serve as a technical showcase and development base for EVS.
“This is a serious project, chasing next-generation technologies,” said research and development boss Markus Schäfer. “We intend to incorporate the learning into the next generation of series-production cars.”
EQS SUV will rival the Tesla Model X and go on sale in 2022
Vision EQXX will be a showcase and test bed for EV tech