The EQA may well become the top-selling EV out of all EQ models, something Mercedes knows as well. The EQA is the top-of-the-line electric sedan from Mercedes, currently the only EQ model sold in the US market on its own. The EQS is a full-size luxury sedan with electric power, intended as an equivalent of an S-Class in an EV.
The EQA is based on a new platform, which it shares with the other EQ models, such as the EQE and EQS SUV. The EQS SUV is the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes, based on the EQS sedan. Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the new EQS SUV Tuesday, the first all-electric SUV built in-house for the US market.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan is also the first fully electric vehicle in the companys EQ subbrand offered in the U.S. market. Daimler created a new brand, Mercedes-EQ, to introduce a range of EVs that will hit the worlds markets starting with the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan is expected to be followed by a fleet of new electrified models, including the low-slung EQA and the square-shaped EQB compact crossover, and the entry-luxury EQE sedan. The Mercedes EQB is an electric crossover which was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2021, with Europe expected to get one by year-end.
Mercedes-Benz shared more details and a looming timetable for U.S. releases of 2023 model-year model EVs in its EQ lineup, including new versions of both the EQS hatchback and EQE sedan. Mercedes-Benz has provided glimpses of a concept vehicle before, and its R&D boss Marcus Schaefer confirmed in a November post via LinkedIn that a January 3, 2022, unveiling would occur. Mercedes-Benz has shared that 2023s model year will feature the EQE sedans AMG version, which is positioned alongside the AMG EQS.
Mercedes-Benz aims to develop and produce ten EQ models by 2022, all based on a single platform developed especially for electric drivetrains, which could be configured to fit any vehicle type due to modularization. Another unannounced SUV would complement the Mercedes-EQ. The SUV, the EQE, will join the lineup alongside the EQB as a longer-range option, becoming a new entry point to Mercedes-EQ.
On the way is Daimlers EQE SUV, a five-passenger, two-row electric SUV, which slots between Mercedes GLC and GLE. In addition, both EQE and SUV versions of the EQS are coming to the U.S., along with the EQS AMG — Mercedes most potent electric sedan. On the bright side, Mercedes-Benzs production of the EQE is underway, according to Mercedes-Benz, while sales of the EQS SUVs are set to begin in the second half of 2022. Indeed, Mercedes-Benz has committed to focus exclusively on EVs starting in 2025, and Mercedes-Benz has recently announced the EQS SUV.
According to a McKinsey study released in April of 2022, sales of electric cars have increased more than 40% per year in the U.S. since 2016, so traditional carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are realizing they have to focus on expanding their electric offerings in order to compete with fully electric brands such as Tesla and Lucid Motors.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is Mercedes-Benzs first ever all-electric car in its 93-year history, and it is poised to take the initiative with a brand-new driving system. The EQA SUV — a GLA powered by an internal combustion engine — is Mercedes second all-electric SUV, following in the footsteps of the EQC. All Mercedes-Benz vehicles bearing the EQ brand are completely electric, without any gas components, powered by Lithium-ion batteries, and vehicles bearing the EQ Power designation are plug-in hybrid models, which have an electric motor along with the conventional combustion engine.
In addition to the ten EQ models, the EQ branding will extend with EQ Boost designation given to Mercedes-Benz models using the 48-volt mild hybrid system, and third-generation plug-in hybrids, which are scheduled for production at the end of 2018, will bear EQ Power badges. Mercedes-Benz has not released an expected range of the EQS, its new SUV, in the US, but according to US Environmental Protection Agency data, the EQS sedan could go as far as 350 miles on a charge. The 2023 Mercedes EQS SUV is the equivalent to an EV version of the Mercedes GLS, the seven-passenger, three-row SUV with a luxurious ride.
Coming out the latter part of 2022 is the 2023 Mercedes EQS SUV – yes, that is its official name. The Mercedes EQS is the electrically assisted S-class limo equivalent, which goes on sale in September 2021 at a price just five quid shy of PS100,000. The EQS is set to arrive in about 2021, and it will be the first model in the EQ to build on a special MEA (Modular Electric Architecture) platform.
It is the beginning of a planned launch which is only going to pick up speed, with Daimler saying that they would offer EVs worldwide in all segments very soon, and will be selling only EVs by 2030, under the $47bn investment between 2022-2030. The next era of emobility is one where Mercedes-Benzs electric vehicles are shared more and more, with member clubs and hourly rentals available to owners who can loan out the hybrid car for longer trips and the pure electric one for that last mile in the city. The good news is that EQB SUV production has begun in Alabama, with production of EQE SUVs starting soon, too, making both cars potentially eligible for a new EV federal tax credit, depending, of course, on their MSRP.