Mercedes is getting serious about electric cars.
Mercedes-Benz made huge news today, announcing it would go all-electric by 2030. As part of this plan, every new vehicle launched after 2025 will be electric-only, underpinned by one of three new electric architectures. Medium to large passenger cars will use the MB.EA platform, vans/commercial vehicles will use the VAN.EA platform, and the AMG department will get a dedicated AMG.EA platform.
Along with this major company announcement, Mercedes teased two upcoming EVs to get excited over. The first is a concept car we've already heard of called the Vision EQXX, while the other is our first official look at the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, specifically the ultra-luxurious Maybach variant.
Let's start with the Vision EQXX Concept, which was first teased in 2020 as a super-slippery long-range model. Mercedes claims the EQXX will travel 750 miles (around 1,210 kilometers) on a single charge thanks to its massive battery and aerodynamic efficiency. The concept should debut sometime next year, but we doubt it will make it to production. Instead, Mercedes will learn from the EQXX and possibly integrate its battery and aero strategy into a future model.
As for the EQS SUV, we know Mercedes was working on a flagship electric model, as evidenced by recent spy shots. However, during a live stream to present the company's upcoming EV plans, Mercedes gave us a brief glimpse at the Maybach EQS SUV.
This is the first time we've officially heard that an electric Maybach is on the way, and we wouldn't be surprised if the EQS Sedan spawns a Maybach variant as well. As with a gas-powered Maybach, we expect the EQS SUV to receive unique styling elements, a plusher interior, and possibly a power increase. The EQS 580 Sedan currently produces 516 horsepower and 611 lb-ft, but an upcoming AMG version may produce over 630 hp. If we had to guess, the Maybach EQS SUV will produce slightly less than the AMG variant.
Mercedes also confirmed but did not tease the all-electric G-Class during the presentation. A concept version was expected to arrive later this year at the Munich Auto Show, and now we know a production model will arrive sometime in 2024.