As promised Mercedes-Benz did unveil its first production electric car from its new EQ sub-brand in Geneva, the first of what will be many new electric cars from the German automaker.
At the show, Mercedes did not disclose the identity of the type of new model but it was widely speculated that it an SUV based on the Generation EQ concept which first appeared in 2016 would be the ideal candidate to start business with. After all, the package sounded great: a close to 500km driving range mated with Mercedes handling would have given Tesla’s Model X a befitting rival.
However, as time progresses, it seems there’s a change in the order of product appearance.
Mercedes-Benz’s electric car offensive will include a range-topping, ultra-luxurious sedan, according to one of the company’s top officials.
“We will have an electric vehicle at the level of the S-Class, no doubt, but it will not be the S-Class,” said Michael Kelz, the manager of Mercedes’ large cars, in an interview with media.
Tentatively named EQ S, the model could arrive in 2020 and it will not be a regular S-Class minus its ICE. The zero-emissions sedan will be a standalone luxury model with distinctive looks and appearance. Since design and engineering are no more technically restricted, they can rework the entire packaging to their own liking and tailor the job description of the car. “Short overhangs front and rear thanks to the packaging under the floor and huge wheelbases,” Kelz said.
As work is in progress Mercedes will likely show it to the public in the not-too-distant future and the production model is expected to arrive between 2020 and 2022. Mercedes has ambitious plans a global line up of at least 20 electrified vehicles including hybrids.