Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to eventually produce a battery-electric sedan similar in size to its flagship S Class. The new model is intended to challenge the Tesla Model S, but will also find contenders from other luxury brands.
During a presentation on Wednesday Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed a full-size sedan will be part of a broader plan to offer 10 battery-electric vehicles by 2022. The new model is expected to be named EQ S, following the naming convention the luxury brand has marked for its electrified vehicles.
While Mercedes’ initial target with the EQ S will be the Tesla Model S, other luxury brands are working on battery-electric flagships. Jaguar is reportedly planning to rollout an all-electric version of its flagship XJ sedan next year to combat the Model S.
The exact timing of the Mercedes-Benz EQ S is unclear at this time, other than the vague timing of sometime between now and 2022.
Automotive News also reports Zetsche more broadly confirmed Mercedes will electrify all of its vehicles in some capacity. Its electrification will range from mild hybrids using 48-volt power systems, like those found on the S Class and CLS Class, to all-electric vehicles.
Mercedes’ electrification strategy is intended to help defend its position as the number one global luxury brand. The competition has become heated between Mercedes and fellow German brands BMW and Audi; both of which also have aggressive electrification plans.