As a part of the IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes-Benz introduced its latest EVs and the offering is truly eclectic. The mix includes a new compact electric SUV, a new midsize electric sedan, the company’s first electric AMG-badged vehicle, and a conceptual electric version of the iconic G-Class.
The announcements come on the heels of the automaker’s $47 billion plan to shift to electric vehicles. Mercedes also recently confirmed its plans to join luxury manufacturers Cadillac and Volvo in selling only EVs by the end of the decade.
Here are the highlights from the company’s Munich news:
The Compact Crossover – Mercedes-Benz EQB
Pitched as a compact SUV and positioned one size up from the EQA 250, the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB distinguishes itself with a third-row seat that puts it into head-to-head competition with the Tesla Model Y.
Launching in the U.S. market in 2022, the EQB lineup will initially include two models, each with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 4Matic supplies 225 horsepower while the EQB 350 4Matic and the 288 hp. Each offers an estimated WLTP-measured driving range of 260 miles and comes standard with a complimentary year of charging through a network of nearly 60,000 U.S. public charging stations.
The Midsize Sedan—Mercedes-Benz EQE
Mercedes is already producing its flagship electric sedan, the EQS. With the new EQE 350, the automaker will offer a more affordable and slightly smaller electric car comparable in size on the outside to the CLS sedan. Inside, the EQE will be larger than the current E-Class sedan.
Scheduled for a mid-2022 launch, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE sits on a wheelbase that is 3.5 inches shorter than the EQS, and its single rear-axle electric motor will produce 288 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque. The EQE’s 90-kWh lithium-ion battery allows for three levels of brake regeneration, and the regen technology facilitates one-pedal driving. Expect 4Matic and an AMG performance model in the future.
The Performance Car—Mercedes-AMG EQS
As the company’s first battery-electric AMG model, the EQS 53 4Matic+ is a significant, not to mention speedy, vehicle. With two motors placed at the front and rear axles, the AMG EQS features 4Matic+ all-wheel drive. A base version achieves 649 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. With the optional Dynamic Plus package, a Race Start mode temporarily boosts output to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft.
The AMG EQS offers a range of 360 miles (WLTP) and is expected to enter the market at the end of this year.
The Electric G-Wagen—Mercedes Concept EQG
Few off-road vehicles are as iconic as the Mercedes-Benz G Wagen, or G-Class. Now the automaker is hinting that it plans to offer an all-electric G-Class model for the very first time. Featuring four electric motors, an independent front axle suspension, and a shiftable 2-speed gearbox, Mercedes is assuring potential buyers that this G will handle both on and off-road situations with confidence.
The Concept EQG is also remarkable due to its design. This new model shakes the standard spare wheel cover in favor of a lockable box, and its illuminated three-pointed star sits in contrast to the black radiator grille. A production version of the EQG is slated to launch in 2024.