The Stuttgart enterprise has delivered on their promise of showcasing several new models in the month of September. This includes a hybrid performance car, some internal combustion vehicles and several full electric cars. The latter models are the ones that made the headline recently with two production ready EVs and two concepts that are yet to be revealed in their official production skin. The EQ brand is gradually introducing the future of Mercedes Benz models with some taking the shape of the existing fossil fuel-powered line-up like how the EQA and EQB did with their design. There are already five different EQ models and two more are about to join gang by the end of this year.
The first one will be the EQS 53 AMG which introduces itself as the first-ever full electric AMG model. This is a first in the history of this brand and it teases that most of the upcoming EQ models will each get an AMG variant. The question is, will it be able to carry the AMG nameplate well and deliver on the familiar athleticism? Well, they are banking on the EVA2 group platform to provide the accustomed performance of a typical AMG model but that will obviously not come with its standout character which is sound because there is no engine.
They say they have taken care of that aspect with a feature that will pipe engine-like noise into the cabin through speakers and those ‘noises’ have specific titles namely Authentic and Performance, how ironic is that. It will certainly not put the driver off the idea of not having an engine in a performance car and like all things that came with electric vehicles, soon people will get used to it.
Moving on to the specifications of the EQS 53 you’ll find that it has two electric motors with one on each axle and together they produce a total of 658 hp (484 kW) and 950 Nm of torque. That can be increased to 761 hp (560 kW) and 1020 Nm of torque by ticking the Dynamic Plus package on the options list. Full power is accessed through Race Start mode in boost function but it’s only available when there is 80% of battery power and you can be sure that it will do 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h.
The second EV model that made an appearance is the EQE which is sized to align with the normal E-Class. You can also think of it as the electric version of the E-Class and it is marginally smaller than the EQS. This electric executive sedan is set to rival the upcoming Audi A6 e-tron and occupy that space just like how the petrol-powered version would. It has a traditional boot lid unlike the hatchback-like boot found on the EQS and it also has a distinctive headlight design. However, it retains the bow-like design, 19 to 21-inch aero-purpose wheels, a Hyperscreen interior that consists of three screens on the dash just like the EQS. The platform it’s sitting on has dual motors powered by a 90 kWh usable battery pushing 228 hp (215 kW) and 530 Nm of torque, and 660 kilometres of range is promised on a full charge.
Now we shift into the not so distance future of this sub-brand with a concept based on one of the most iconic Mercedes Benz models. It’s called the EQG and it is evidently based off the G-Wagon. Rumours have been circulating for years that a possible electric G-Class is in works and this concepts clearly confirms that as it is nearly production ready in this form. It visually looks like it but this is drizzled with LED lighting all over including the front black panel grille, the side doors and the fenders, the front and rear end of the roof rack. It is so typical of them to do this to a G-Wagon, can’t even complain because I’ve seen worse.
That being said, they did not hesitate to showcase those 22-inch polished aluminium wheels which are shining way more than the LEDs. The rear ditches the spare wheel in favour of square shaped, illuminated lockable box that looks like a wall box. They’ve state that one of the most notable things about a G-Class is its ability to go off roading which is why they’ve stuck with the ladder frame chassis with independent front and rear suspension, not that is something customers are looking forward to but such traditions must be carried on otherwise.
Rounding off the unveilings is the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV concept, the first-ever full electric Maybach model. Why an SUV? I don’t know but what I can tell you is that there is an EQS SUV expected in 2022 and it will be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive class electric vehicles from Mercedes Benz. This Maybach variant won’t be easily confused for a standard EQS SUV due to the two-tone paint, the big grille and the front Maybach writing.
With a Maybach model, you’re sure to experience a quiet and smooth ride, except that without the engine it will establish itself as an even more silent car. And what’s more with the sub-brand’s tradition is designing an exquisite interior that provides a lounge experience with a high-end rear seat entertainment. This concept’s cabin looks much like the one found in the Vision EQS Concept. The centre console runs from the front to the rear and it appears as if its floating.
The Hyperscreen has made its way into the concept and it will likely be featured on the production version, it just makes the inside feel more special. Make way for this because it will surely eat up the kilometres, 600 of them to be exact.
Now that we all have these models, all the specifications revealed and all the upcoming models confirmed, what does this mean for the future of the automaker? The Mercedes EQ brand is a separate entity for now meaning the ICE vehicles are still safe and will continue to live on as sales are strong. But with the recent announcement that there are plans to ditch sales of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2030, it is starting to look vague for any Mercedes Benz model with an engine. Development on engines has been halted and the focus is now on electric cars so that firmly confirms that the end of this century long era is coming to an end soon.
Source: Mercedes Benz Press Releases