However in a departure from the EQ C, which is predicated on present underpinnings from the GLC, and the EQ A, which is ready to undertake a modified A-class platform, the range-topping EQ S is ready to turn out to be the primary EQ mannequin to be based mostly on Mercedes-Benz’s devoted MEA (modular electrical structure).
“We may have an electrical automotive on the stage of an S-Class, nevertheless it is not going to be an S-Class,” Kelz revealed to Autocar in an interview on the Geneva motor present in March.
Among the many key engineering options included within the aluminium-intensive MEA platform is a flat ground construction.
Though closely disguised, the early EQ S prototype, which is getting used to check electrical drivetrain elements, hints on the form of the long run Mercedes-Benz EQ flagship. It’s described as being between roughly the dimensions of the third-generation CLS.
By way of proportions, it makes use of a a lot shorter bonnet and extra closely raked windscreen than as we speak’s S-Class. Together with the flat ground construction and a near three-metre-long wheelbase in addition to much less intrusion from the gearbox and transmission tunnel than in typical combustion engine fashions, that is anticipated to supply the EQ S with larger inside area than the prevailing Mercedes-Benz range-topper.
The closely curved roofline and comparatively shallow glasshouse is just like that seen on the most recent CLS. Nevertheless, secrecy surrounds the rear finish of the EQ S, which is totally hidden on the prototype captured right here. Whereas custom suggests Mercedes-Benz will go along with a standard boot, just like the CLS, Autocar understands the corporate might present its new electrical mannequin with a liftback-style structure just like that of the brand new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door.
The EQ S is anticipated to be powered by twin electrical motors – one appearing on the entrance axle and the opposite on the rear – offering everlasting four-wheel drive. Within the upcoming EQ C, this set-up delivers greater than 400bhp and a few 516lb ft. A lithium-ion battery boasting a capability of round 90kWh is deliberate to supply a spread of between 400 and 500km (248-311 miles).
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the EQ S can be produced at its essential Sindelfingen manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Stuttgart. It’s the third German plant earmarked to provide an EQ mannequin, with the EQ C set to be in-built Bremen and the EQ A deliberate to hail from the corporate’s compact automotive plant in Rastatt.
An extra EQ mannequin, doubtless a yet-to-be-revealed GLB-based EQ B SUV mannequin positioned beneath the EQ C, may even be produced on the Good manufacturing facility in Hambach, France.
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