During the “Economics of Desire” presentation where Mercedes outlined its future strategy, the company teased not one but four of its upcoming models. Those include the Mercedes-Maybach SL, a more exclusive SL Speedster from the new Mythos Series, the fully electric EQE SUV, and a yet-unnamed entry-level luxury car.
Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz, revealed the silhouettes of the cars in shadowy teasers. Predictably he was coy on details, but he gave us a good idea of what to expect.
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Starting with the SL-based models, the flagship roadster will get a luxurious variant wearing the Maybach badge. Wagener said: “we create a new Mercedes-Maybach family member. full stop. It’s going to be beautiful I promise you”. The teasers reveal that he is referring to an SL coming with a Maybach grille, chrome-infused bumper intakes, red exterior shade, and a black-painted bonnet with Maybach graphics. The SL is set to expand the Mercedes-Maybach range next to the S-Class, GLS, and the upcoming EQS.
The SL will also serve as a base for the first member of the ultra-exclusive “Mythos Series” range. This one has been converted to a two-seater (the Mercedes-Benz SL has a 2+2 layout), replacing the rear seats with a redesigned rear deck for a sleeker and more aerodynamic shape. Like all vehicles from the Mythos range, the SL Speedster is expected to be produced in limited numbers and will be available to dedicated enthusiasts and collectors of the brand. We don’t know which powertrain will be under the bonnet of the most expensive SL but we guess it will be the most powerful one.
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Moving on to more mainstream models, Mercedes showed us a teaser for the upcoming EQE SUV. Wagener referred to it as the little brother of the already-unveiled EQS SUV, saying that it will be much sleeker and much more aerodynamic than the ICE-powered equivalent, which is the Mercedes-Benz GLE. The EQE SUV is expected to inherit the powertrain and battery options of the mechanically-related EQE sedan.
Finally, the last teaser is the most interesting one, with Wagener revealing the silhouette of an entry-level luxury car. The three-box proportions are featured by a long bonnet, an aerodynamic roofline, and a short rear deck, while we can also see hints of its fancy LED lighting units. The designer said that the yet-unnamed model will be equipped with sophisticated technology, featuring an all-digital interior. He promised it will be a true luxury car in the entry segment, hinting at a possible successor to the A-Class Sedan and the CLA.
Mercedes announced it will be cutting down its “Entry Luxury” range from seven to four body styles while adding more technology and luxurious features. The teased sedan could be the first sample of the next-generation compact Mercedes, set to debut in 2024. It will be underpinned by the new MMA platform, and introduce the Mercedes-Benz Operating System (MB.OS) before it expands to the entire range bringing new connectivity features.
Besides the aforementioned models, Mercedes hinted at another possible addition to its range without giving us any visual clues. We are talking about a new model set to expand the G-Class family that is currently under consideration. Reading between the lines, it sounds like another 4×4 which will likely retain the boxy design language of the G-Class and the upcoming fully-electric EQG.