After the major delays brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic in the release and production of the three-pointed star marque’s electric vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is finally confirmed to arrive on the market next year.
According to Daimler, the EQS is the all-electric member of the new S-Class range so expect the same level of luxury and tech features on both vehicles. However, the EQS will ride on the new EV architecture of Mercedes. The company is targeting up to 700 km range for the auto at a full charge based on the WLTP cycle.
The parent of Mercedes said that the EQS will be assembled at the company’s “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen where the S-Class is also made. The EV is already on its last leg of tests, and all that’s left is the “systematic validation of the overall vehicle” to ensure that the high-quality standards of Mercedes are met.
The trials include the tough winter tests in Scandinavia, high-speed tests in Nardo, and hot weather tests in Southern Europe as well as in South Africa. Tests are presently conducted in the USA and China too.
So far, the EQS has already accumulated over two million kilometers in its test drives. The tests focus on the chassis, drivetrain, electric powertrain, and battery of the EQS.
Mercedes is now lagging behind its competitors in the release of new electric vehicles. So, the latest announcement of Daimler about the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQS in 2021 together with the start of production of the EQA this year and the EQB the following year is good news to everyone who’s eagerly awaiting the new luxury EVs of the brand.