13 Apr 18

Mercedes-Benz plans an electric S-Class to take on Tesla

As part of the carmaker's plans to launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2022, Mercedes-Benz is working on a battery-electric saloon to take on the Tesla Model S.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche lifted a corned of the new vehicle's veil at the presentation of the revamped A-Class in Croatia, without offering more details. Autocar reports the new car, to be called the EQ S, could launch in 2020 as a separate model from the S-Class on a new modular architecture developed with electric powertrains in mind.

Mr Zetsche said that the EQ line of plug-in hybrid models will offer a totally different battery range than today, while conventional vehicles will all feature mild hybrids with 48-volt technology. "All vehicles will be electrified," Mr Zetsche continued.

EQ line-up

Mercedes-Benz first displayed a vehicle in its EQ line of electric vehicles in 2016. This Generation EQ SUV, that may be renamed as the EQ C now, was followed by the EQ A three-door hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. It remains unclear when these cars will be available in showrooms and whether the new EQ S will jump ahead on the launch calendar.

Image: ICE-powered Mercedes S-Class (source: Mercedes-Benz)

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck