Mercedes-Benz's EQ electric vehicle division looks set to undergo rapid expansion in the coming years, with the brand this week releasing further details of its plans to launch six all-new models by the end of 2022.
New teaser images of a camouflaged prototype reiterate the model – which will be built alongside its combustion-powered sibling at the brand's €730 million Factory 56 facility in Sindelfingen, Germany – will draw significant influence from the Vision EQS concept of 2019, with cab-forward styling, a sloping roofline and a closed front fascia inspired by the EQC and EQV.
Production of the model is already underway at the German marque's plant in Rastatt, Germany – currently home to production of the petrol- and diesel-fuelled A-Class, GLA and B-Class models – with a full reveal scheduled for January 20, 2021.
It'll also be built for the Chinese market at Mercedes-Benz's factory in Beijing, China, operated under a joint venture with state-owned Chinese carmaker (and parent company of Foton, which once sold the Tunland ute in Australia), BAIC Motor.
Twin under the skin to the EQA is the EQB (below), an electric version of the recently-launched GLB mid-size, segment-straddling SUV, which will enter production in 2021 at both Mercedes' plant in Kecskemét, Hungary (currently home to the CLA) and the aforementioned joint venture facility in Beijing, China.
2022 will mark the start of production of the EQE SUV and EQS SUV (both pictured bottom of story, alongside EQE sedan) – both built on the same EVA modular, electric-only architecture as the EQE sedan – at the three-pointed star brand's American assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Production of the Smart EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour will continue to take place at Daimler's factories in Hambach, France and Novo Mesto, Slovenia respectively, before moving to China for the micro cars' next generations, which will be designed as part of a joint venture with Chinese conglomerate Geely.
In time, Mercedes-Benz plans to produce batteries for its EQ-badged electric and plug-in hybrid models across three continents and an array of production facilities in various locations; Kamenz (Germany), Jawor (Poland), Beijing (China), Untertürkheim (Germany), Sindelfingen (Germany), Tuscaloosa (United States) and Bangkok (Thailand).
The German brand's upcoming electrified model offensive leads its aim to have all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles make up 50 per cent of its sales by 2030, alongside goals to offer 25 plug-in hybrid variants by 2025 and CO2 neutrality for all of its factories as early as 2022.
Mercedes-Benz is not alone in setting lofty goals around electrified sales, with German luxury rivals Audi and BMW plotting expansive all-electric and hybrid model ranges under its E-Tron and BMW i monikers respectively.
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