Stuttgart - Like its premium brand rivals from around the globe, Mercedes-Benz is going big on electric vehicles with a whole new family of EQ-badged models being planned for the early 2020s.
While the first member of this family, the EQC crossover, has already been unveiled, the EQ range is set to have 10 members by the year 2020, covering the full spectrum from the A-Class-sized EQA right up to the S-Class sized EQS.
Now it has emerged that Mercedes has given the green light to a mid-sized electric sedan called the EQE, which will give the company a direct rival to the Tesla Model S, Autocar reports.
Unlike the EQC, which is based on an adapted GLC platform, the EQE will be built around Merc’s new dedicated electric car platform, which will make extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminium in order to counter the weight of the batteries. It should also inherit design cues from the EQC and other recent concept cars, particularly at the front end.
According to Autocar, the EQE is set to go on sale in 2020, initially as an all-wheel-drive vehicle with a motor on each axle, although a cheaper rear-wheel-drive model is also reportedly under consideration.