Mercedes-Benz South Africa has confirmed the EQ models heading to our shores. These are the emissions-free variants that will soon join the car manufacturer’s local portfolio…

1. EQA

Mercedes EQA
The EQA 250’s single electric motor produces 140 kW.

The opening gambit to Mercedes’ all-electric range, the EQA was launched in EQA 250 guise. The EQA 250 features 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 a combined electric consumption of 15,7 kWh/100 km. Maximum speed is a claimed 160 km/h.

“We will offer a whole family of EQA models, with output ranging from 140 through to more than 200 kW, and with front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive. And for those for whom the issue of range is particularly important, our portfolio will in due course also include a special version of the EQA with a radius of more than 500 kilometres according to WLTP,” Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG; responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO.

2. EQB

Mercedes EQB
The EQB 350 4Matic’s dual electric motor arrangement produces 215 kW.

Although Mercedes has yet to list which EQB derivatives will make their way to our shores (unlike the EQA 250, the local arm of the German manufacturer doesn’t list the power and torque outputs), the second emissions-free compact car from Mercedes-EQ was launched in China in top-of-the-line guise, featuring the automaker’s AMG Line package and boasting 215 kW. In Europe, meanwhile, Mercedes says customers will have the choice between several models, complete with front- and all-wheel drive and various power levels “right from the start”.

3. EQC

Mercedes EQ
The EQC was the first Benz to don the EQ badge.

The first Mercedes launched under the Stuttgart carmaker’s EQ brand, the EQC is equipped with an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, which powers a duo of asynchronous electric motors, each sited on the fore and aft axle, producing a combined power and torque output of 300 kW and 765 N.m. According to Benz, this allows for a zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5,1 seconds and maximum speed of 180 km/h. Electric-only range, meanwhile, is claimed to be “more than” 450 km.

4. EQE

Mercedes-Benz EQ

The Mercedes EQE is endowed with a 90 kWh battery which, depending on the onboard equipment and configuration, allows for a claimed electric range of “up to” 660 km. At launch, Mercedes will offer the choice of two derivatives.

5. EQS

The flagship EQ, the EQS, Mercedes says, will offer an electric range of “up to” 770 km.

The flagship EQ saloon in Mercedes’ all-electric portfolio, the EQS is the first model to be based on the Three-pointed Star brand’s modular architecture for luxury and executive-class EVs. The first models on the market will be the EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4Matic, both powered by a 107,8 kWh battery. The former version makes do with only a single electric motor, directing 245 kW and 568 N.m to the rear axle for a claimed zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6,2 seconds. The Mercedes 580 4Matic is endowed with a twin electric motor arrangement, providing 385 kW and 855 N.m to the front and rear wheels. According to Mercedes, the EQS will have an electric-only range of “up to” 770 km.



The tall-riding Mercedes EQS shares the long, 3 210 mm wheelbase of the similarly named saloon. The EQS SUV measures 5 125 mm bow to stern,  1 959 mm wide and 1 718 mm in height (“over” 20 mm higher than the saloon model). 

The EQS SUV was revealed in 450+, 450 4Matic and 580 4Matic guises. The rear-wheel-drive 450+’s permanently excited synchronous motor, sited on the aft axle, produces 265 kW and 568 Nm of torque. This model has a claimed electric range between 536 and 660 km. 

The 4Matic-equipped 450 is endowed with a duo of electric motors, sited on the fore and aft axles, respectively. This model churns out the same amount of power as the 450+ but produces 800 Nm. The claimed electric range comes in at 507 to 613 km. 

The current range-topping model — the 580 4Matic — twin electric-motor arrangement produces 400 kW and 858 Nm. Benz says the top-tier EQS has a claimed electric range of 507 to 613 km, the same as its abovementioned 4Matic stablemate.