The SUV concept vehicle is based on the modular architecture for luxury- and executive-class electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and takes the exclusivity of Maybach into a locally emission-free future.
Design wise, a dynamic silhouette extends the entire length of the vehicle, starting with a low front end, flowing tautly over the sloping A-pillar and roof contour and incorporating the airflow break-away edge of the rear spoiler.
While the upright black panel front flows seamlessly into the wraparound bonnet and headlights, the LED light units showcase the lighting with individual diamond blocks framed with a fine-knit mesh of the Maybach emblem.
The filigree, vertical Maybach pinstripes in an elegant, three-dimensional effect are chrome-plated and characterise the cooler with its new, innovative Black Panel technology.
Elegantly chrome-plated, filigree louvres are also found on the air intake in the bumper. This eye-catching design element is taken up again below the licence plate holder in the bumper at the rear.
Generously dimensioned 24-inch light-alloy wheels in the Maybach “bowl” design emphasise the exclusive appearance of the all-electric SUV.
Inside, the front seats show parallels to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The two individual rear seats are also inspired by the S-Class. Further complementing the interior is the High-End Rear Seat Entertainment System.
The centre console appears to float like a continuous ribbon from the cockpit to the rear seats, creating a particularly light and elegant impression of space with plenty of freedom of movement.
Another unexpected contrast is brought to the interior by a fashion-inspired, progressive textile of the highest quality. It is used generously around the rear-seat area, while flashes of it also appear in further details in the interior.
Another highlight in the interior is the MBUX Hyperscreen with Maybach-specific display styles and content.
Gigantic curved screen
This large, curved screen unit extends almost from A-pillar to A-pillar. Three screens sit under a glass cover and appear to merge into one.
The 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger gives them their own display and control area. With adaptive software thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX adapts completely to its user.
The Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS is based on the modular architecture for luxury- and executive-class electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.
A further all-electric model is also set to appear on this basis, the EQS SUV, which will go into series production in 2022, even before the Maybach.
Here, too, the electric powertrain ensures exceptionally smooth and quiet running and provides for a new level of calm and relaxation in the interior.
According to WLTP, ranges of around 600 kilometres are planned for the Mercedes EQS SUV architecture.
The folks at Stuttgart have taken the wraps off the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG, which is a near-production study of an all-electric model variant of the G-Class.
Visually, the concept car combines the unmistakably striking look of the G-Class with selected design elements typical of all-electric models from Mercedes as contrasting highlight.
The 4×4 qualities of the “G” will not only find their way into the age of electric mobility, but will be developed even further in some areas.
The Concept EQG thus offers a promising preview of what a Mercedes-Benz G-Class with battery-electric drive will be capable of.
The Concept EQG is also very much in the design tradition of the model series and can be recognised at first glance as a G-Class.
The near-production study adopts the G-Class’ angular silhouette including its iconic elements. Illuminated stripes make the robust exterior protective strips stand out visually.
Instead of a radiator grille, this all-electric variant features a continuous deep black radiator grille. In this Black Panel Grille, the illuminated star with 3D effect sets a striking accent.
The Concept EQG also rides on 22-inch polished aluminium alloy wheels in an exclusive design.
Instead of the usual spare wheel cover, there is a lockable box with white illuminated accents on the rear door, whose design is reminiscent of a wallbox.
Another highlight of the exterior design is the flat roof rack in high-gloss black. The central element of its minimalist design is the centrally shaped “G”, which is unmistakable in the top view.
The chassis design remains extremely off-road capable, as is typical of the G-Class with independent suspension on the front axle and a rigid axle at the rear, newly developed for the integration of the electric drive.
With four electric motors close to the wheels and individually controllable, the vehicle will offer unique driving characteristics both on- and off-road.
As with any real 4×4, the Concept EQG’s off-road reduction can be activated via a shiftable 2-speed gearbox in order to meet the high “G”-specific off-road requirements with confidence.
Equipped in this way, the fully electrically powered version of the G-Class will face the legendary test track on the 1445-metre high Schöckl mountain in Graz at the end of its development into a series model.
Peppered with gradients of up to 60 degrees, the 5.6-kilometre route has always been regarded in the international off-road scene as one of the world’s greatest challenges for man and technology.
Conquering Mount Schockl
After successfully conquering it, the electric “G” will also be able to adorn itself with the “Schöckl proved” quality certificate that is obligatory for the 463 series.
And like its conventionally-driven brothers, it will also shine with a climbing capacity of up to 100 per cent on suitable ground.
The design advantages of the electric drive also play into its favour, making it ideally suited for off-road vehicles and ambitious off-road operations. The batteries integrated into the ladder frame ensure a low centre of gravity.
Since the electric motors provide their maximum torque practically with the first revolution, an all-electric off-road vehicle like the Concept EQG and the later production model boast enormous pulling power and controllability – which also proves to be an advantage on steep slopes and deep terrain.
Compared to the previous generation E-Class, this is one variant less with the E350 AMG Line being dropped from the portfolio in Malaysia.
Why no hybrid E-Class?
Another big question during the launch of the new E-Class was why isn’t there a hybrid variant anymore?
This is the first time the E-Class is being launched without an electrified variant in a long time since the 2015 E-Class BlueTEC Hybrid all the way to the E350e which was just discontinued.
In fact, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s entire product range in Malaysia only has one electrified model on sale at the moment, which is the S-Class S560e PHEV.
Is it coming anytime soon?
So, when Mercedes-Benz Malaysia organized a virtual discussion session between the press and the company’s Vice President Michael Jopp, the first question to be thrown at Mr. Jopp was if we can expect the arrival of a hybrid variant of the new E-Class anytime soon.
To our surprise, Jopp did not only say that MBM will not be launching a hybrid variant of the E-Class, but also announced that there will not be any new electrified Mercedes-Benz model in Malaysia for time being.
The reason we found it surprising was because BMW Malaysia on the other hand, is currently busy rolling out one electric model after the other in Malaysia like there’s no tomorrow.
According to Jopp, the reason behind the decision to not bring in an electrified version of the E-Class, namely the E300e, is the uncertainty revolving around government incentives for hybrid vehicles assembled locally.
“If we are to bring in the hybrid E-Class and sell it for a similar price as the outgoing E350e, it will not be able to match the overall package that is offered by the E200 and E300,” Said Jopp.
Value for money
“At the same time, if we are to launch the new E300e with the same level of equipment and features as the E200 or E300, the price would be too high. So, from a price-value point of view, the two variants which we launched offer customers the best value for money.”
“Looking at the feedback from our customers, they are more concerned about the overall package and list of features than whether or not the model is electrified. Yes, there have been questions and requests for hybrid variants but a majority of our customers in Malaysia are all about the overall package.”
“We will definitely be introducing new electrified models in Malaysia in the future, no doubt, but only when we have a clear direction from the government regarding the incentives for CKD hybrid vehicles and the new National Automotive Policy,” said Jopp.
Blame the government
In case you’re wondering how some brands can sell electric cars at a more competitive pricing while others like Mercedes-Benz can’t, incentives given for EEVs (energy efficient vehicles) are still on a company-by-company basis in Malaysia, where negotiations between the government and a company happen behind closed doors.
So, until there is more transparency from the government with regards to industry policies, and a new National Automotive Policy (NAP), situations such as these are inevitable.
That being said, if you’re waiting for a hybrid version of the new E-Class or an electric Mercedes-Benz like the EQC or the EQS, you have no choice but say a prayer and wait it out.
The concept includes a distinctive drive layout with electric motor and battery on the rear axle as well as a high-performance battery developed in-house.
The combination of 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and electric motor generates a system output of 843 hp and a maximum torque of more than 1,400 Nm. Since it is a performance hybrid, electric range only stands at 12 kilometres.
While acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds, 200 km/h is reached in less than ten seconds. The acceleration only ends at 316 km/h.
Seven driving modes
There will be seven driving modes – “Electric”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “RACE”, “Slippery” and “Individual” – that are precisely configured for the new drive technology, providing a wide-ranging driving experience
Design wise, the AMG GT 63 S E Performance features a low front section, muscular body, and a low-slung roof. The outer air intakes are wider and more pointed towards the centre of the car.
At the rear, highlights include the rear apron with integrated plug-in charging flap and the model designation highlighted in red.
“E Performance” badge
With the hybrid, AMG is also introducing externally fluted trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes. The “E Performance” badge on the wings indicates the hybrid drive.
As in the entire model series, numerous paint finishes and equipment features are available for the hybrid version. For example, there are four matt paint finishes, five metallic finishes and two non-metallic finishes.
The exterior design can be further accentuated with the new AMG Night Package II or a combination of the Night Package and Carbon Package.
In addition, there are new 20 and 21-inch light-alloy wheels, each in two colour variants. The exclusive Edition is also available for the performance hybrid.
Inside, the standard Widescreen Cockpit features the MBUX multimedia system with AMG hybrid-specific displays and functions.
In the instrument cluster, the driver can read the electric range, the power consumption, the output and torque of the electric motor and the temperatures of the battery and electric motor.
High-quality graphics on the multimedia display visualise the power flow of the entire drive system, rpm, output, torque and temperature of the electric motor, as well as the temperature of the battery.
The rear-seat passengers receive information on the energy flow as well as the power and torque of the electric motor on their optional multimedia display.
That being said, US-American global star and entrepreneur Will.i.am will act as a long-term partner and brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz’s “Future of Driving Performance” vehicles with an electrified powertrain. In fact, Will.i.am has even written a song for the AMG GT 63 S E Performance.
Design wise, the Citan features muscular shoulders and striking wheel wells, underlining the vehicle’s power and emotive appeal.
A particularly eye-catching aspect in the interior is the spirited, horizontal shape of the instrument panel. The Mercedes‑Benz designers sought their inspiration for the full-bodied, voluptuously curved volume of the instrument panel support from the profile of a wing.
A decisive aspect here was the continual, horizontal positioning. The narrow wing stretches across the interior and makes for a generous feeling of space. The instrument unit itself is cut out of this. Their shape is reminiscent of an eroded stone.
The resulting slot between the wing and the stone makes for a practical stowage compartment for rapid access to important utensils.
Measuring 4,498 mm, the new Mercedes-benz Citan combines compact exterior dimensions with a generous amount of space. Thanks to a number of different versions and practical equipment details, it offers plenty of different usage possibilities and convenient loading.
Even in the short wheelbase variant (2,716 mm), the Citan offers much more space compared with the predecessor model – on the Panel Van, for example, the load compartment length is 3.05 metres (with the flexible partition wall).
Sliding doors are a practical feature, especially in tight parking spaces. The new Citan is available with up to two sliding doors. They offer a wide opening on both sides of the vehicle measuring 615 millimetres. The height of the load compartment opening is 1059 millimetres (both figures represent the clearance).
Loading and unloading
At the rear, too, the load compartment is easily accessible: the loading sill of the Panel Van sits at a height of 59 cm. Meanwhile, the two sections of the rear doors can be blocked at an angle of 90 degrees and can even be moved through 180 degrees to the sides of the vehicle. The doors are asymmetrical, whereby the left-hand door is wider and has to be opened first.
The Tourer already comes as standard with a tailgate featuring a rear window. As an alternative, it is also available with rear doors. The rear bench seat can be folded down in the ratio of 1/3 to 2/3. Numerous stowage spaces and compartments facilitate everyday use of the Citan.
Besides the fixed partition wall (available with and without window) between the driver’s cab and the load compartment, the Citan Panel Van is also available with a folding variant. This option has already proven its worth in the predecessor model and has since been further optimised.
The co-driver’s seat can be folded to create a level surface. The load protection grille is made of steel and serves to protect the driver and co-driver from the load.
The vehicle is also equipped with comfort and convenience systems familiar from passenger cars, including Thermotronic, Keyless-Go starting function, and the electric parking brake.
At the launch, the engine range of the new Citan will be formed by three diesel and two petrol models. Shared strengths of all these are great driveability even in the low rev range and economical consumption values.
For even faster acceleration, for example when overtaking, the 85‑kW version of the diesel engine available for the Panel Van features an overpower/overtorque function. Up to 89 kW of power and 295 Nm of torque can be called up briefly.
All engines are combined with an ECO start/stop function. Alongside the six-speed manual transmission, the diesel and petrol models are also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will conclude its FIA Formula E success story as a team entrant and manufacturer at the end of Season 8, in August 2022.
As part of the new strategic direction, the brand has deliberately chosen to shift resources for this accelerated ramp-up of electrification, including the development of three electric-only architectures to be launched in 2025.
Focus on product development
Therefore, Mercedes will re-allocate resource away from its ABB FIA Formula E World Championship programme and towards applying the lessons learned in competition to product development in series.
This learning will be brought to life through future product architectures like the AMG.EA platform, the dedicated performance vehicle electric platform that will be launched in 2025, and projects such as the Vision EQXX.
Moving forward, the company will concentrate its works motorsport activities on Formula 1, reinforcing the sport’s status as the fastest laboratory for developing and proving sustainable and scalable future performance technologies.
Creating a benchmark team
Since HWA Racelab first took to the track in Season 5, laying the foundations for Mercedes’ Formula E entry, the goal has been to create a benchmark team at every level.
A first Mercedes win for Stoffel Vandoorne in the final round of Season 6 was followed by a strong start to Season 7, setting up the team’s championship challenge in only its second season.
This culminated last weekend in Berlin when Nyck de Vries and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team became the first ever all-electric motorsport world champions, by winning the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Drivers’ and Teams’ titles.
In parallel, Mercedes-Benz made the strategic announcement in late July that the brand will be ready to go all-electric at the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.
Team sale to new owner
While Mercedes-Benz will depart Formula E at the end of Season 8, the team’s leadership group has begun exploring options for the team to continue competing in the series during the Gen 3 era, including a potential sale to new owners.
“Formula E has been a good driver for proving our expertise and establishing our Mercedes-EQ brand, but in future we will keep pushing technological progress – especially on the electric drive side – focusing on Formula One,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG
“It is the arena where we constantly test our technology in the most intense competition the automotive world has to offer – and the three-pointed star hardly shines brighter anywhere else.”
Munich-based Geldhauser Linien- und Reiseverkehr is currently supporting a pilot project initiated by the German Alpine Club (DAV), with eight Setra double-decker coaches.
The S 531 DT coaches take hikers and walkers to different stops in the Bavarian mountains, acting for the Munich & Oberland section of the DAV.
91 seats each
The Munich mountain buses, equipped with 91 seats each, operate at weekends on routes to the Blauberge (Blue Mountains) and Rofan Mountains in the Tyrol, the Chiemgau area and the Ammergau Alps.
Here, the destination is the popular tourist spot Schloss Linderhof of King Ludwig II.
The aim of the pilot project, which runs until the end of August, is – as a supplement to the regular public transport services – to reduce car traffic to the popular hiking regions on Saturdays and Sundays, avoid overflowing car parks and offer mountain lovers stress-free travel there and back.
Setra touring coaches
The Setra touring coaches provide sufficient space for climbing equipment, bicycles, prams and buggies and are equipped with free WiFi and an information system to provide travellers with local hiking information via a QR code.
The air conditioning system on the 51-seater S 515 HDH bus is equipped with the latest active filters. The system developed by Daimler Buses features an anti-viral functional layer and filters out the finest of aerosols from the air, thereby reducing their concentration.
The three-axle vehicle is also used by the Academy for further training courses on efficient and safer driving, for tourist trips and rental purposes.
Geldhauser and Reiserverkehr
Geldhauser Linien- und Reiseverkehr GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1962, currently employs more than 750 people and has over 550 vehicles in its fleet – from small buses equipped for passengers with restricted mobility to luxurious double-deckers for the company’s own touring coach programme.
The buses operate in the districts of Munich, Starnberg, Bad-Tölz/Wolfratshausen, Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau as regular service, school and rush hour buses.
In case you’re not familiar with the Setra brand, two European bus brands – Mercedes-Benz and Setra, created a strategic alliance 25 years ago, marking the beginning of the successful bus business of Daimler Buses.
Mercedes-Benz now offers an all-rounder as an alternative in the C-Class range – the C-Class All-Terrain.
Following the introduction of the successful All-Terrain concept with the E-Class in 2017, the C-Class is now also launching as a second multi-talent with a striking look and versatile capabilities.
Extra 40mm ground clearance
With around 40 mm more ground clearance than the conventional C-Class Estate, 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard, and two off-road driving modes, the C-Class All-Terrain makes light work of light terrain with its larger wheels.
The off-road design features include the distinctive radiator grille, the special bumpers, the simulated underride guard at the front and rear, and the wheel arch linings in matt dark grey.
In addition, the crossover model features many highlights of the just recently launched new C‑Class.
Mild hybrid powertrain
These include efficient four-cylinder engines with 48-volt technology, the adaptive and intuitive MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, and the latest generation of driving assistance systems.
The C-Class All-Terrain will celebrate its world premiere at the Munich International Motor Show in September, and will reach European dealers later this year.
Compared to the conventional C-Class Estate, the All-Terrain has slightly increased dimensions. It is 4 mm longer and measures 4,755 mm in total.
Because of the wheel arch linings, the width is increased by 21 mm to 1,841 mm. The increased ground clearance of around 40 mm has also increased the vehicle height to 1,494 mm.
Up to 1,510 litres boot space
While the boot has a load capacity of 490 to 1510 litres, the rear seats are 40:20:40 split-folding. The Easy-Pack tailgate included as standard can be conveniently opened or closed at the touch of a button, using the button on the ignition key, the switch in the driver’s door or the release handle on the tailgate.
This C-Class variant has wheel arch liners in matt dark grey on the front wing and on the rear side wall.
The model-specific trim on the side skirts contrasts visually with the painted body surfaces in this colour and finish. An additional chrome trim strip is integrated into the side member trim.
As the All-Terrain models are based on the Avantgarde exterior, the waistline trim, side window surrounds, and roof railings are finished in polished aluminium.
The Avantgarde interior is also standard for the All-Terrain. With black, macchiato beige / black and sienna brown / black, there are three colour concepts to choose from.
In addition to Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual, the C-Class All-Terrain has two further Dynamic Select modes for off-road driving.
While the Offroad mode is designed for easy terrain such as dirt roads, gravel or sand, Offroad+ with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) is for heavier and steeper terrain.
The All-Terrain is available with either a petrol or diesel engine. In the petrol model, a new four-cylinder petrol engine (M 254) with integrated second-generation starter-generator (ISG) is used. For a short time, the output of combustion engine can be electrically increased by up to 20 hp.
The eSprinter is kitted out in the same way as the diesel-engined vehicles that provide free, round-the-clock support to customers throughout the UK.
Supporting the growing eVan community
Operating from the Marshall Van Croydon Dealership in south London, it is now being utilised to serve the capital’s growing Mercedes-Benz eVan community.
Simon Neill, Customer Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, declared: “We’re really pleased to have added the first electric roadside assistance vehicle to the fleet of around 180 Service24h vans operating nationwide.
“It’s important to demonstrate to customers for our eSprinter and eVito models that we can fully support them with an electric van. The vision, on completion of this pilot, is to introduce more eSprinters to the fleet nationally where appropriate. We’re also planning, later this year, to set our first eSprinter based mobile servicing unit on the road.”
114 hp electric motor
The eSprinter is powered by a 114 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels, and produces zero tailpipe emissions.
Crucially, its 55kW high-voltage battery pack is securely mounted beneath the body. This means it does not impinge on the space needed in the cargo area to provide the Service24h technician with a practical workspace and to carry a full complement of equipment and GenuineParts.
The van will travel 95 miles (combined WLTP with 80 km/h speed limiter) on a single charge, which is ample not only for most urban delivery and last mile applications, but also for the overwhelming majority of roadside call-outs attended by Marshall Van and other members of the Mercedes-Benz Vans network.
Marshall Van Croydon Dealer Principal Mark Effenberg commented: “We are very proud to have been chosen by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK to take part in this exciting pilot project.
More to come
“As our sales colleagues will testify, demand for electric vans bearing the three-pointed star continues to go from strength to strength. It is entirely fitting, therefore, that wherever possible the vehicles we use to provide the award-winning aftersales back-up for which Mercedes-Benz is renowned, should also employ the latest, emissions-free technology.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans’ award-winning Service 24h provision is integral to its industry-leading MobiloVan* commitment. Highly-trained Mercedes-Benz technicians attend callouts in vans equipped for a wide range of tasks and stocked with Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts. The average response time is 66 minutes, with 87% of vans fixed at the roadside and sent on their way.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced the availability of the new E-Class Coupé, just a couple of weeks after the introduction of the new E-Class sedan.
Priced at RM 495,071.47 on the road without insurance and SST, Step Up Agility Financing Plan starts from RM4,288 per month for the Mercedes-Benz E300 AMG Line Coupe.
On the exterior, the E300 Coupé features AMG styling and comes with front and rear spoilers, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, and 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.
The E300 AMG Line Coupé is also equipped with Multibeam LED that offers brighter and more natural illumination at night. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus controls the LEDs by switching between low, partial main beam and main beam automatically.
Inside, the E300 Coupe AMG Line features a new dashboard which rests on generously proportioned trim elements that flow through into the doors.
Other luxurious feature includes a panoramic sliding sunroof, ambient lighting with 64 colours and three-zones to create a host of individual highlights, and the legendary Burmester surround sound system.
The coupe also gets an entirely new, intelligent steering wheel. The control surfaces sport a high-gloss black finish, while the trim elements and surrounds have a silver shadow finish.
And then we have the latest generation MBUX multimedia System (NTG 6). The information in the instrument cluster and on the media display is easily legible on the large, high-resolution screens.
Further complementing the whole package are the dual 12.3-inch displays which create a widescreen cockpit with a wide range of personalization.
The Mercedes-Benz E 300 AMG Line Coupé is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol engine that generates 258 hp and 370 Nm of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from of 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds. Paired to the engine is a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and Agility Control suspension.
In addition to the standard safety and assistance features, the E 300 AMG Line Coupé is also equipped with Driving Assistance package, which includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and PRE-SAFE Plus.
Full list of standard features
AMG Line exterior
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus
19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels
Electrically folding and adjustable exterior mirrors
AMG Line interior
Panoramic sliding sunroof
Open-pore black ash wood trim
Dashboard and door beltlines in ARTICO leather
Centre console in black open-pored ash wood trim
Roof liner in black fabric
Multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather
THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control
Auto dimming interior mirror and driver’s side exterior mirror
Electrical adjustable front seats with memory function
AMG floor mats
4-way lumbar support
Electric sunblind for rear window
Boot lid convenience closing feature
Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
Driving Assistance package
Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
Active Steering Assist
Anti-theft alarm system
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Communications module (LTE) for the use of Mercedes me connect services