However, it will not replace S-class in any way.
We are very much ready to see the first proper electric Mercedes Benz. Company has already announced that it is planning to present some 20 fully electric models by the year 2022 with EQC SUV being in testing phase for a while now. Now, there has been another fully electric car announced by Mercedes, crème-de-la-crème, or so it seems.
There has already been announcement about fully electric versions of Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ, so it was high time for Stuttgart-based Company to speak about their plans. This was a task for Michael Kelz, project boss for large cars at Mercedes, who revealed for British car magazine Autocar that they are in fact developing S-class-equivalent electric saloon, which should be revealed somewhere between 2020 and 2022.
Even more spaceous than S-class
"We will have an electric vehicle at the level of the S-Class, no doubt, but it will not be the S-Class," said Kelz for the magazine, mentioned above. New car will thus have a very new modular architecture called MEA, since S-classes' is in any way suitable for electric car. Because of this new architecture, the car will have shorter overhangs and longer wheel base to provide enough space for battery packs. Consequently, there is also going to be more space for passengers inside the car.
So far, there has been no words spoken about the name of the car. Since the name 'S-class' will remain reserved for top of the line ICE-powered car, it will most likely be named EQ S, as this name has already been registered by Mercedes. Nevertheless, it will be "a luxury, electric car, a top-of-the-line car," according to Kelz.