Mercedes is rethinking one of its most beloved vehicles as part of its growing electric car plans. The Concept EQG (above) is the brand's first IAA show in Germany. This is an electric version of the G-Class SUV. It combines an uncompromising (and boxy!) off-road design with an environmentally-friendly electric powertrain.
The interior, battery and motor systems have not been detailed by the company. It is not known when it will ship. It said that this was a "near production" design and would undergo the same Schckl mountain torture tests as its predecessors. Mercedes stated that EVs' instant torque and low center-of-gravity should be in favor of the EQG when climbing up hills or rough terrain.
There are EVs on the horizon. Mercedes finally revealed the EQE (second-from-top), which is its electric counterpart to the E-Class. Although it looks like a smaller version of the EQS luxury sedan at first glance, that is not necessarily a bad thing. It still offers a very aerodynamic design and long range (a claim 410 miles using the not-quite realistic WLTP cycle), but in a smaller CLS-sized design that should make it easier to navigate around town.
The EQE 350 launch vehicle will feature a rear motor and a 90kW battery. It can reach 60 MPH in a claimed 5.6 second. According to Mercedes, performance versions are on the horizon. The EQS' iconic dash-length "Hyperscreen", which is a bespoke feature, is not available. Instead, you will normally receive a 12.8-inch OLED infotainment screen.
The EQE will be launched worldwide in a "staggered" manner starting in 2022. Mercedes has not disclosed pricing but we expect it will be more expensive than the $54,250 for the E-Class combustion engine.
Yes, the EQS is available in ultra-luxurious versions and high-performance models. For customers who prefer a chauffeur, the Mercedes-Maybach Concept EQS is available as an electric SUV. It is another near-production vehicle that features the Maybach-oriented Hyperscreen front and lounge-like rear seats. Mercedes was again reluctant to release any information about performance or dates. However, it did note that the related EQS SUV will be able to generate around 373 miles and go into production in 2022.
The Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+ (bottom), which is the brand’s first AMG-badged electric vehicle, has custom motors that can produce up to 761HP and 742lb/ft. It also boasts a 0-60 MPH time of just 3.4 seconds, which is fast for such a large luxury sedan. Rear-wheel steering and an AMG GT-derived air suspension will also be found. There aren't many visual differences between the AMG GT and regular EQS, but you will notice the distinctive rims and carbon ceramic rotors that will help you go fast. Mercedes has not yet released pricing information, but it is safe to assume that this will make regular EQS lines seem more affordable.