New EQE is star for Mercedes at next IAA in Munich
Daimler is announcing no less than eight premieres at the IAA Mobility from 7 to 12 September in Munich, the successor of the Frankfurt IAA. Five of them are fully electrically powered models.
The most important eye-catcher is the electric E-Class counterpart EQE. Still, there is also a European premiere of an already presented electric model (the EQB) and several other novelties.
Two years after Mercedes showed the EQS as a study at the IAA 2019, the last one in Frankfurt, the slightly smaller sister model EQE follows at the new IAA Mobility in Munich. Both share the EVA platform, which is only designed for electric drives.
The car manufacturer has released two teaser images, but apart from that, little is known about the EQE. A studio shot from diagonally behind shows a curved roofline in the style of the EQS, but the rear overhang appears much shorter. In addition, the rear lights are connected by a narrow strip of lights.
A shot of the interior shows the EQE interpretation of the Hyperscreen as first seen in the EQS. Neither is there much info about the possible drive options. The EQS on the same platform is available with 245 and 385 kW of drive power. The battery packs have a usable energy content of 90 or 107,8 kWh. Possibly, they’re not the same in the EQE, also to lower the cost.
In addition, Daimler plans to show a first fully electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-AMG and a concept car for an electric Mercedes-Maybach, according to the IAA premiere announcement.
The AMG luxury saloon may be the more sporty AMG offshoot of the EQS. There were persistent rumors that Mercedes-AMG is preparing four fully electric models in the years to come. This would be the first.
EQB finally in Europe
The European premiere is the EQB, which Mercedes showed in China at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The SUV is the edgier and more practical counterpart to the EQA. It sits on the same platform and is supposed to offer up to seven seats as an option.
Smart aims bigger
Smart is also presenting a show car that is supposed to preview the brand’s new model generation. This will not be a tiny car but rather a compact SUV.
For a while, the former Mercedes-daughter is no longer a pure Daimler brand but a joint venture with Geely. All the new Smarts will be produced in China in the future. The current plant in Hambach (France) has been sold to Ineos to build the Grenadier.
And the EQG?
At the moment, Daimler did not announce the premiere of an EQG concept, which was speculated about a few weeks ago. This means that Daimler has only mentioned four of the announced five electric premieres. So is the EQG meant to be the surprise of the day in Munich, or is there still something else coming?