Soon, the Mercedes-Benz lineup will be replenished with six new electric cars at once. By the end of 2020, the Germans promise to launch production of the compact SUV EQA, which in fact is a version of the GLA model converted to electric traction, albeit with its own exterior and interior features.
Further, in two thousand twenty-first, a larger Mercedes EQB will appear on the market. However, this is again not a new model, but an electric modification of the GLB crossover.
Plus, within the next year, the Merecedes-Benz S-Class executive sedan will also acquire an electric analogue. The novelty, called EQS, is being developed on the basis of the MEA (Modular Electric Architecture) platform, which is precisely intended for electric vehicles.
The top-end EQS will receive a longer wheelbase, as well as an optimized layout of components and assemblies. Consequently, the interior of the flagship electric sedan will be even more spacious than in the original S-Class.
At the moment, Mercedes has started the final stage of the EQS road tests. The Germans promise a power reserve of 700 kilometers, while the electric sedan will be produced at the same Factory 56 plant in Sindelfingen, where the Eski are produced.
Then on the market we should expect the appearance of the electric Mercedes-Benz EQE, which, as it is not difficult to guess from the name, is an electric analogue of the E-class. This four-door will have the same proportions and styling as the older model.
Plus, the Germans have announced two more electric crossovers, which do not even have an official index yet and are known under the working names “EQE SUV” and “EQS SUV”. It can be assumed that we are talking about an electric version of the Mercedes GLE and the older GLS.
The bet on electric cars makes itself felt, therefore, in parallel, the Mercedes company also has to abandon less priority projects. In particular, the head of the research and development department of the Daimler concern, Markus Schafer, announced a significant reduction in costs for the development of internal combustion engines.
According to him, the company is also going to completely abandon manual transmissions. It is not yet known whether the latter will disappear completely, or only from the passenger segment, since the mechanics are still in demand on the commercial low-tonnage Vito and Citan models, as well as the larger Splinter.