Hear that mild hum slowly rising to a gradual whine? That is the forthcoming tsunami of German-developed electric vehicles speeding towards the horizon as a part of a worldwide push toward electrification. Throughout the board, it appears each German automaker is lastly shaking the diesel soot from its boots and gearing up gross sales skirmishes towards each other—alongside a full-frontal assault on Tesla. As a part of this rising wave, Mercedes-Benz simply outlined its timetable for its EQ-line of EVs.
Mercedes-Benz EQ: Crossovers Come First
Whereas Mercedes-Benz’s EQ sub-brand is technically already in production with the EQC, the corporate’s newest push for EQ is centered round new EVs constructed on a bespoke platform (versus the EQC’s rejiggered GLC-Class bones), the primary of which is already in manufacturing forward of its January 20th debut. This can be our first have a look at the EQA, an electrified analog to the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Tailing this would be the EQB, an electrical equal to the GLB-Class. Each EQA and EQB will share manufacturing facility ground house with the GLA, GLB, and A-Class at MB’s Rastatt plant in Germany.
Mercedes-Benz EQ: S-Class of Its Personal
The Tesla Model S-baiting EQS is subsequent on MB’s EV record, and it conceptually occupies the house the place an electric S-Class could be. As a substitute of gluing batteries to the present S-Class, the EQ-only structure provides approach to a design nearer in-line with the CLS-Class and its four-door coupe-like appears to be like. Manufacturing of this (presumably) good-looking EV begins someday within the first half of 2021.
Mercedes-Benz EQ: Three—er, E-Class
Not one to go away any Deutschmarks on the biergarten desk, MB’s smaller EQE arrives quickly after the flagship EQS to stare down the Model 3 and Mannequin S, becoming size-wise someplace between each (and serving as the electrical equal to the E-Class). Search for manufacturing to kick off someday within the second half of 2021.
Mercedes-Benz EQ: Hey, Is This a Crossover Episode?
Should you—like many consumers—are extra of an SUV or crossover particular person, then your pursuits could also be piqued by the promised SUV variants of the EQE and EQS sedans. Serving as electron-expending parallel-universe alternate options to the present GLE- and GLS-Class SUVs. Each new high-riders arrive someday in 2022 and exeunt via the double doorways at MB’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant.
Mercedes-Benz EQ: All of the Tech
To date, we actually do not know a lot about Merc’s new leaner, greener EV lineup, apart from what the automaker is keen to let slip. If we needed to guess, we anticipate the ranges, cost occasions, and energy to be shut—however not match—the perfect that Tesla has to supply. Additionally, if the Neo Tokyo-vibes of the EQ model is not your factor, Mercedes already introduced its intention to impress or hybridize its AMG and Maybach sub-brands, so anticipate a silent, instant-torque variant of your favourite Merc varietal within the close to future.