In a significant change in fact, the Mercedes-Benz EQS flagship sedan will lead the automaker’s electric-vehicle rollout in the US, Automotive News reported Wednesday—citing Ola Kallenius, the CEO of father or mother firm Daimler.

This displays a whole turnaround from what was initially introduced for Mercedes’ electrical EQ sub-brand, which was to start out with high-volume and the middle-of-the-market fashions just like the EQC, and transfer to compacts (EQA and EQB) that will make means for extra progressive use-and-sharing fashions, with the bigger luxurious automobiles like EQS later.

The EQC crossover was additionally supposed to guide the EQ sub-brand within the U.S.—together with EQ Energy plug-in hybrids, which have been already rebranded in preparation—however that mannequin has now been delayed until at least 2021.

The EQS successfully rethinks Mercedes’ current S-Class flagship as an all-electric mannequin—though the S-Class is predicted to proceed individually.

It was previewed by the Mercedes-Benz Imaginative and prescient EQS idea on the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Present. The idea automotive was powered by twin motors (one every on the entrance and rear), offering a mixed 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes quoted 0-60 mph acceleration of lower than 4.5 seconds, and a driving vary of as much as 435 miles, based mostly on the European WLTP testing cycle.

A Mercedes-AMG performance version of the EQS can also be anticipated to rival the Mannequin S Plaid, Lucid Air, and Porsche Taycan.

Produced from a mixture of metal, aluminum, carbon fiber, and recycled supplies, the idea had 350-kilowatt DC quick charging, permitting for an 80% cost in 20 minutes, Mercedes mentioned on the time. The battery pack was provided by fellow Daimler subsidiary Accumotive, which is able to provide batteries for the manufacturing EQS as effectively.

Mercedes has been prioritizing safety and longevity of its battery packs over maximizing driving vary—though that may not end in figures that wow like Lucid’s 517-mile vary.

Inexperienced Automobile Stories has reached out to Mercedes-Benz USA for clarification on the technique.