The all-electric EQS, with a range of up to 434 miles (WLTP), will arrive next year – the first of six cars from Mercedes-Benz built on new electric architecture. The other all-electric models include the EQE saloon and the SUV variants of the EQS and EQE. There will also be the EQA, with production starting later this year, followed by the EQB in 2021.
Mercedes says that the EQS will allow customers in the luxury segment to fully benefit from all the space and design advantages of an all-electric architecture.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept car from September 2019 provided pointers to the design of the EQS. The camouflaged prototypes undergoing testing are also showing key design features such as the cab forward design.
Mercedes-Benz will introduce the all-electric architecture in 2021. At the same time, the company will continue to electrify the most successful platforms. In addition to the EQC mid-size SUV and the all-electric EQV people carrier, the EQA and EQB will be coming to the compact car segment. Production of the EQA will commence before the end of this year.
The EQS is currently undergoing the final testing including winter testing in Scandinavia, chassis and drivetrain tests on proving grounds, public roads and on the high-speed test track in Nardo, as well as the integrated testing of the overall vehicle in the heat of Southern Europe and South Africa. Test drives are currently also being conducted in China and the USA.
The EQS is produced together with the S-Class in “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen, one of the world’s most modern car factories. The technical equipment featuring Industry 4.0 solutions is a key factor in the flexibility. Thanks to the highly flexible structures, all plants are able to produce vehicles with different types of powertrains and therefore also able to respond quickly to changes in demand in the markets.
As part of its “Ambition 2039” initiative, Mercedes-Benz is working on offering a CO2-neutral new car fleet less than 20 years from now. The company wants electric cars including all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to account for more than half of its sales by 2030.