Leading the charge will be the EQS luxury sedan and SUV.
The next twelve months are going to be extremely busy for Mercedes-Benz. Not only does the German automaker have to continue battling its domestic rivals, Audi and BMW, but is also intends to launch three all-new electric vehicles. One of them will be its new flagship, the S-Class-sized EQS. Built on an all-new custom-developed architecture, the EQS production car will bear a fairly strong resemblance to 2019's stunning concept.
Mercedes also promises the production-spec EQS will have a range of up to 435 miles according to WLTP ratings. Bear in mind the just-announced Tesla Model S Plaid is purported to have a 520-mile range. Expect Mercedes and other Tesla rivals to take note and respond accordingly.
Mercedes plans to use the new architecture to underpin additional battery-electric models, such as another future, though smaller sedan, the EQE. The third model to utilize this platform will be the EQS SUV, a full-size alternative to the already on sale midsize Mercedes EQC SUV. All three new 'EQ' models are pictured here undergoing testing.
Mercedes also says production of the EQA, a fully-electrified version of the immensely popular GLA, will commence later this year. The EQB subcompact SUV will begin rolling off the assembly line at an unspecified date in 2021. At present, Mercedes tells us the EQS is currently undergoing all final testing indoors and outdoors.
Ultra-cold weather testing is taking place in Scandinavia while chassis and drivetrain tests are happening on proving grounds, public roads, and even the Nardo Ring track in Italy and the Nurburgring in Germany. Hot weather testing, meanwhile, is happening in South Africa and Southern Europe.
"The EQS has already piled up far more than two million (1.2 million miles) test kilometers from the heat of South Africa to the cold of Northern Sweden", says Christoph Starzynski, Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Architecture program. "The EQS will be the S-Class of electric vehicles." EQS production will take place in Sindelfingen, Germany.