Of the vehicles built on the all-new architecture, the EQS sedan (S-Class) will be the first on the market with initial deliveries slated for 2021.
Above: The EQS sedan
The EQS will be produced alongside the standard and hybrid S-Class in the brand’s Sindelfingen "Factory 56," which is one of the world’s most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities.
However, earlier this year Ola Källenius – chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG, and head of Mercedes-Benz – told a panel of Australian journalists the EQS would be its own distinct entity: “It’s not our goal to say here’s another S-Class that looks exactly the same, it’s just a powertrain difference. It will be a different luxury tech proposition.”
The luxury limousine – which has a WLTP range of up 700km – will be followed by an EQS SUV, and an EQE model, also available in sedan and SUV configurations.
Above: the EQE sedan
Mercedes-Benz has publicly pledged to reach net carbon neutrality by 2039, and claims all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for more than 50 per cent of its sales before the end of this decade.
Watch Christoph Starzynski – the Mercedes-Benz Head of Electric Vehicle Architecture – explain the new line-up below.