After an initial announcement in January this year, Mercedes-Benz has officially announced its all-electric EQ lineup, along with pricing, at this week’s Kyalami Auto Festival.

A three-pointed star competition for the BMW i and Audi e-tron brands, the initial lineup will consist of four models led by the EQS, with the smaller EQE likely to arrive later in the year or sometime in 2023.

EQA

Kicking off the lineup is the EQA, which uses the GLA as its base instead of a dedicated electric-oriented platform like the EQS.

Based on the GLA, the EQA enters as the entry-level model of the EQ range.

As with the global model, South Africa will be dealing with a single derivative, the EQA 250, which produces 140kW/375Nm thanks to a 66.5kWh battery that drives an electric motor mounted on the front axle.

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Capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 160km/h, the EQA has a claimed range of 429km and, according to Mercedes-Benz, can charge from 0-100% in six hours with using an 11 kW charger or Wallbox.

Launch of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
Changes compared to the GLA predominate at the rear

However, connecting to a faster 100kW charging station cuts the claimed waiting time from 0-80% to 30 minutes.

EQB

Above the EQA sits the EQB, which also uses a conventional combustion engine model as its base, in the case of the GLB, which was relaunched in South Africa earlier this year.

Like its sibling, the EQB differs mainly cosmetically and of course under the hood, which hides a smaller 66kWh battery that produces 215kW/520Nm in the 350 variant.

Presentation of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
A refinement of the EQA, the GLB-based five-seat EQB only

Unlike the EQA, the EQB has a second electric motor on the rear axles, giving it not only the 4Matic moniker, but also better performance: 0-100 km/h takes 6.2 seconds. The maximum speed is still limited to 160 km/h.

Despite the increased power and improved performance, the inclusion of the second motor gives a claimed range of 423km and standby time identical to that of the EQA.

Presentation of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
Like the EQA and EQC, only the all-wheel drive EQB 350 4Matic will be offered locally.

However, being able to charge from a 150kW supercharger means a 15 minute waiting time from 0-100%.

While EQA sales are already open, EQBs won’t start until October.

EQC

Launching the EQC brand in 2019, the EQC is finally available after canceling its planned debut in 2020 due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launch of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
What started it all. EQC established the EQ brand in 2019.

Now the oldest EQ model, the EQC, like its smaller siblings, will be sold in just one derivative, the 400, which produces 300kW/760Nm thanks to an 80kWh battery pack that powers front and rear electric motors axes.

Launch of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
Only the EQC 400 will be sold in South Africa

As a result, the all-wheel drive EQC 400 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 160 km/h. The declared range is 450 km/h.

EQS

Perhaps the biggest showcase of EQ is the EQS, which acts not only as Benz’s flagship EV in South Africa, but also as the electric equivalent of the S-Class that was launched in May this year.

Billed as a model that will “rethink the luxury sedan segment”, the EQS will have a choice of two models, the regular 450+ and the performance AMG 53, with the latter getting a dramatic 64-inch Hyperscreen display as standard.

Primarily, motivation comes courtesy of a 107.8kWh battery powering the rear-mounted electric motor on the 450+ and a pair on the AMG 53 that warrants the all-wheel drive 4Matic+ designation.

Launch of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
The EQS series starts at 450+

In terms of grunt, the 450+ puts out 245kW/568Nm, which means a top speed of 210km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds. The claimed range is also the longest of any EQ model at 782 km according to the three-pointed star.

As AMG’s first all-electric model, the battery and motors in the AMG 53 have been increased to produce 484 kW of power and 950 Nm of torque.

Presentation of Mercedes-Benz EQ in South Africa
A 64-inch Hyperscreen is standard on the EQS AMG 53

However, as part of the optional AMG driver package, the overboost function boosts output to 560kW/1,020Nm, putting the EQS AMG 53 on a par with the Audi RS e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan Turbo for South Africa’s most powerful electric car.

Quicker from 0 to 100km/h than the 450+ with a time of 3.8 seconds, the AMG 53 also does 10km/h at 220km/h, but loses out on range as Mercedes-Benz claims 586km between trips . to the plug.

Price

  • EQA 250 – R1 169 500
  • EQB 350 4Matic – R1 374 500
  • EQC 400 4Matic – Rs 1,679,000
  • EQS 450+ – R2 615 700
  • EQS AMG 53 4Matic+ – R3,410,100

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