What to expect from Mercedes at the 2021 Munich IAA
New concepts, standard-setting EV platforms and completely reimagined AMG
The next IAA is coming fast and while every brand will have a showcase for their products, all eyes are on Mercedes since they've announced their ambitious program with extended model range and rethinking their vision of the future. While electrification is running wild for the brand, there's so much more to show, so let's take a wild prediction of what the Germans are cooking.
Mercedes EQE Teaser - Credit: Mercedes-Benz
We've been teased with a few photos, but the new EQE has been marketed by Mercedes before the premiere as "the new standard in its class, combining unrivalled driving dynamics and calmness". The design will be heavily influenced by the EQS with roughly the same basic shape to keep the industry's lowest drag (unofficial), while the interior looks to be a carbon copy with way too much screens and not enough buttons, in my opinion. More interesting will be the powertrains. So far nothing definitive has been said, but the most likely scenario is copying the bigger EQS, power-wise, while having a touch smaller batteries, meaning a bit less range.
Mercedes EQS Maybach Render - Credit: DriveTwo
EQS Maybach and AMG
With the extensive testing of masked EQS around various settings and race tracks, both the super luxurious Maybach and an AMG version are expected to debut in Munich. We all know what can expect from the Maybach trim - being surrounded by dead cows (not literally) and more entertainment functions at the back. I'm doubtful about a longer wheelbase, because that may be a bit of a stretch for the class-leading aerodynamics and will certainly add more weight. This will impact the range and you don't want that in your most executive model.
Mercedes EQS AMG Render - Credit: CarWow
The AMG version sounds . . sort of exciting. 750-760 horsepower looks good on paper, but people would struggle to call it AMG, because of its electric nature and lack of noise. AMG burble, pops and bangs will be left in the past with this, which is sad to see and (not) hear. Then there's the weight of the thing, which is a concern about the dynamics, not just acceleration, but cornering as well. Will those 700+ horses be enough to propel the big, heavy beast fast enough to be competitive to other, petrol-powered executive saloons? Remains to be seen.
Mercedes EQS SUV - Credit: Mercedes-Benz World
EQS SUV??? Really?!
I guess Mercedes had too much time on their hands and they've decided to make a huge and luxurious SUV for people to . . drive it alone most of the time. Oh well, some might get a passenger, but that's extremely rare. It's basically an electric GLS and it is expected to repeat the model range, including Maybach and AMG versions. It's speculated that the SUV will have around 20% more batteries to match the range of the current EQS limo. I have to say, the front looks gorgeous to me, but nobody is still sure if the end product would look exactly like that. I certainly hope so, because it's an enormous improvement from the current range-topping electric SUV - EQC.
Mercedes EQB - Credit: Motor1
European premiere for the EQB
The properly sensible EQB is expected to finally debut in Europe and that's the good news. Sensible space, sensible power and sensible range in a sensible size or the Germans at their best. If only the price was sensible as well . . but then it's a Mercedes, so that is to be expected. Everything in this particular car has a purpose and makes sense. I'd call it the best from their EQ range, but then the E-class estate exists in a plug-in hybrid form, if you wanna save yourself some money on fuel. Granted, the E-class cannot sit 7 people, but it remains a leader in family friendliness and actual usable space.
Mercedes C-class All-Terrain Wagon - Credit: Mercedes-Benz World
An all-terrain C-class wagon
The Audi Allroad range has been without any meaningful competition for too long, but Mercedes is aiming for a chunk of this small market as well. As I said - they've had too much free time and nothing else to do. What's bugging me is the positioning in their current range, which is getting larger by the minute. They have an A-class based GLA, an A-class based GLB and a C-class based GLC. So where does this fit? I would love to personally advice the German manufacturers to leave the all-road stuff to Subaru, since they've been doing them properly for as long as I can remember and their whole range used to revolve around their all-terrain flagship model.
Mercedes-AMG GT73 Hybrid - Credit: CroSpotter
4-door 800hp AMG Plug-in Hybrid
Mercedes-AMG GT73 Hybrid has been spotted on multiple occasions and while the full picture is still unclear, it's suspected to be presented in Munich. It will be fast, loud, no-compromise performance saloon/coupe with some quiet city EV mode and unknown electric autonomy. The current AMG GT 4-door is violently fast, so you can expect some spare pants to go along nicely with this one. It will be curious to see how much heavier it will be and if Mercedes had managed to at least partly offset the weight of the batteries. And there will be some Nurburgring times for sure, because of bragging rights. This is the car I'm personally looking forward to the most.
Mercedes Vision AVTR Concept - Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Evolution of a concept
There hasn't been a word about this, but there are rumours that Mercedes engineers are pushing on the Vision AVTR concept and are ready to present the next step of the evolution. To me, this still looks more of an art project than anything else, but the Germans might surprise us all on that. It's said that the shape has become more conventional and closer to a real car. Remains to be seen. For now, we can only speculate. The IAA Munich Mobility Show 2021 will showcase new models from September 7 to 12 September.