Two years after the beginning of manufacturing of its EQC electrical crossover, which was designed partly with the American market in thoughts, Mercedes-Benz nonetheless doesn’t provide a single electrical car in its U.S. lineup.
After saying a collection of delays for the EQC, with the final pushing it ahead to the first quarter of 2021 on the earliest due to what the automaker claimed was “rising buyer demand for the EQC in Europe,” the corporate quietly reworked its electric-vehicle plans for the U.S. market in 2019 and 2020 and has solely in current month began to attract again the curtain of which all-electric fashions truly are coming to America and when.
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-Benz USA just lately gave Inexperienced Automotive Studies an outline of what’s due. Whereas the brand new slate of EVs have been slower to reach, they seem to extra carefully sort out the guts of the American luxurious car market, taking areas which have lengthy been Mercedes-Benz strongholds and making them all-electric.
The U.S. is because of get 4 electrical Mercedes-EQ fashions over the following two years.
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS prototype
First comes the 2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS sedan, which enters manufacturing quickly in Sindelfingen, Germany. It’s as a result of go on sale within the U.S. this fall.
After that can come the EQE luxury sedan—to be primarily based on the identical platform because the EQS and as a result of premiere later in 2021, with deliveries due in 2022.
Mercedes-Benz additionally re-upped what it confirmed in December: two electric SUVs due for Alabama production, beginning later in 2022, first with an SUV variant of the EQS luxurious sedan, and following up shortly later with a second, considerably smaller SUV referred to as EQE.
Additionally later this 12 months, factories Germany and China will begin manufacturing of the smaller EQA electric crossover, and it’s “nonetheless being thought of for the U.S. at the moment,” in line with Mercedes-Benz USA.
A boxier EQB electrical crossover, primarily based on the EQA and certain a much better fit for the U.S., is because of be produced in Hungary however opposite to earlier experiences isn’t at present on the product map for America.
Mercedes’ U.S. electric-vehicle push was initially as a result of be led by the mid-size EQC, which we drove in spring 2019 simply forward of its anticipated summer time 2019 American launch. We discovered the EQC to be luxurious, well-equipped, pleasant-driving, and supremely comfy, though its U.S. driving vary appeared to not be way more than 200 miles and the corporate was clearly being conservative about permitting speedy fast-charging.
MBUX Hyperscreen from Mercedes-Benz EQS
The EQS, to be constructed on the corporate’s devoted Electrical Car Structure, with a brand new Hyperscreen interface and a spread focused within the neighborhood of 400 miles, seems to be a way more strong begin for the U.S.—and a compelling choice to what the model does finest.