Mercedes-Benz South Africa has introduced a quartet of EQ models to local shores, the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQS. Here’s how much you can expect to pay…

EQA

EQ

Priced from R1 169 500, the Mercedes-Benz EQA is available in only EQA 250 format. As standard, the Three-pointed Star brand’s electric crossover features the firm’s MBUX multimedia system, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a digital instrument binnacle. Climate control and ambient lighting are also present. Merc’s ‘Seat Comfort’ and ‘Parking’ packages are included. The latter features a reverse-view camera and active parking assist. It also ships with the ‘Keyless-Go Comfort’ pack, which features wireless smartphone charging, keyless go and an ‘Easy-pack’ tailgate. The EQA 250 further features blind-spot assist and tyre pressure monitoring system. 

As a reminder, the EQA 250 is equipped with a high-voltage, 66.5 kWh “double-decker” lithium-ion battery, which sits as a structural element within the underbody of the electric crossover. The latter, 420 V item, provides surge to a single electric asynchronous motor. Mounted on the front axle, the electric motor produces 140 kW and 375 N.m of torque.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the EQA 250 offers an electric-only range of 493 km and combined electricity consumption of 15.7 kWh/100 km. The maximum speed is a claimed 160 km/h.

EQB

Mercedes-Benz EQB EQ

Available in only 350 4Matic format, the EQB is priced from R1 374 500. The all-wheel-drive EQB is equipped with a 69.7 kWh battery, linked to a duo of electric motors, sited on the fore and aft axles. 

Total power and torque output come in at 215 kW and 520 Nm. Benz claims the seven-seater electric SUV sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 6.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 160 km/h. Mercedes claims the EQB 350 4Matic has an electric range of between 395 and 423 km.

Like the EQA 250, the EQB 350 4Matic ships with LED headlamps and the German automaker’s ‘Progressive’ exterior package. Benz’s MBUX infotainment system and a digital driver’s display are included. This EQ model is also fitted with a reverse-view camera and active parking assist.

EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The first Mercedes launched under the Stuttgart-based automaker’s EQ brand, the EQC, available in only 400 4Matic guise locally, is priced from R1 575 000. The EQC 400 4Matic is equipped with an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, coupled with a duo of asynchronous electric motors, each sited on the fore and aft axle.

The twin electric motor arrangement produces 300 kW and 760 Nm of torque for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h. Mercedes claims the EQC 400 4Matic has an electric range of “more than” 450 km. 

The EQC is available with two no-cost exterior design options. These include the original body styling and the firm’s AMG Line package. As standard, the former ships with items such as 19-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels. Further included are Merc’s MBUX multimedia system and a digital instrument binnacle.

The AMG Line package includes sportier exterior styling, such as an AMG-specific front panel (which replaces the grille), finished in black, and an AMG-specific front apron. AMG 19-inch wheels are further included. 

EQS

EQS

Sited at the top of the local EQ line-up, the EQS is available in 450+ and AMG 53 4Matic+ flavours. The former is priced from R2 615 100. Its AMG stablemate is priced from R3 410 100. As these are the range-topping EQ models, both feature numerous standard features, the EQS 53 4Matic+ even more so. 

As a reminder, the EQS 450+ is equipped with a 107.8 kWh battery. The latter item is coupled with a rear axle-mounted electric motor producing 245 kW and 568 Nm of torque. Benz claims this (rear-wheel-drive) variant accelerates to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 6.2 seconds. Mercedes claims an electric range of between 631 to 782 km.

Equipped with a twin electric-motor arrangement, the EQS 53 4Matic+ sends 484 kW and 950 Nm of torque to all four wheels. This model makes use of the same battery pack as the 450+ derivative. However, here, the battery delivers an electric range between 529 to 586 km.