Mercedes Supplier Board Chairman Joseph Agresta mentioned the product pipeline features a wholesome inside combustion engine and battery-powered mannequin combine.
“There’s quite a lot of EVs, and EV is definitely our future,” Agresta mentioned.
“However there’s nonetheless a dedication to the ICE autos,” he mentioned. “The ICE autos are going to assist profitability and quantity for some time frame.”
Sellers noticed eight autos eventually week’s occasion, together with the redesigned E-Class sedan, AMG SL 43 roadster and Maybach EQS SUV.
Mercedes is aiming for EV kingpin Tesla Inc.’s candy spot with an electrical CLA sedan and an electrical GLC crossover, indicating Mercedes might ditch the EQ branding for its electrical car lineup.
The compact CLA ought to get 400 miles of driving vary and arrive in U.S. shops subsequent yr.
Sources described the sedan as bigger than the combustion engine CLA however with a sleeker profile. The inside carries over the digital-first cockpit design of Mercedes’ present electrical fashions.
The battery-powered CLA can be Mercedes’ conquest car for the EV age, aiming to poach Tesla’s younger, tech-focused shoppers. “There is a recognition that CLA brings 60 p.c new consumers to the model,” a vendor mentioned.
The electrical GLC is a successor to the EQC electrical crossover, which was to be Mercedes’ first mass-volume EV within the U.S. However that launch was scuttled because of the crossover’s restricted vary, which was deemed insufficient for the market.
The GLC EV will arrive subsequent yr with about 300 miles of vary and an all-new design.
A vendor described the brand new crossover as having a rounded entrance and rear reasonably than the boxy styling of the combustion engine variant. The EV had a pair of energy domes on the hood and a lightweight signature working throughout the entrance.
Mercedes’ gentle industrial car unit additionally bought spotlighted on the vendor presentation.
The automaker has an bold electrification plan for its passenger and cargo vans. Later this yr, Mercedes will carry a battery-powered Sprinter to the U.S. A luxurious midsize passenger van and a variety of electrical RVs will observe.
On the assembly, Mercedes revealed a big cargo van idea named Sustaineer, with range-extending photo voltaic panels on the roof. It ought to arrive in 2025 with a 275-mile vary. A vendor described the car as an “upfitted Sprinter” van.