The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz EQ S won’t be your standard rich uncle’s S-Class. The German luxury marque confirmed plans to launch a standalone battery-electric model with S-Class levels of luxury by 2022 at the latest.
The EQ S name follows Mercedes-Benz’s electric car nomenclature thus far. Previously, the luxury brand announced plans for the EQ C electric SUV and showed the EQ A electric hatchback. The EQ S could be somewhat of an EQ flagship, Michael Kelz, Mercedes large-car manager, told Autocar in a Friday report.
“We will have an electric vehicle at the level of the S-Class, no doubt, but it will not be the S-Class,” Kelz said.
The S-Class’ platform, codenamed MRA, does not support an all-electric powertrain, and Kelz added the EQ S luxury sedan will ride on a new modular architecture by the name of MEA. It’s unclear if the MEA platform bears a relationship to the EVA platform fitted to the EQ C electric SUV.
Details on the EQ S’ electric powertrain and range are unknown, but we can likely expect a range around 300 miles. The EQ C will use a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack paired with two electric motors to achieve at least 300 miles of range and produce around 400 horsepower.
Kelz said he’s already viewed a conceptual EQ S model and noted the car could arrive as early as 2020, but the luxurious electric sedan will come to market no later than 2022. By early next decade, Mercedes-Benz plans to have 20 electrified vehicles on sale.