German auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is betting high on the electric market in India. Today, Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz India, revealed that the brand is planning to locally assemble its all-new EQS electric sedan here in India at its Chakan manufacturing plant near Pune Maharashtra.
During the second annual press conference, which was held virtually, the company was happy to report the strong growth in its sales figure in India despite several shortcomings and challenges. They have registered a 42.4 per cent increase in its sales growth in 2021. Currently, the brand has the most extensive portfolio of 13 ‘Made in India’ models with the most significant retail network footprint across 50 cities and 94 outlets.
The brand has committed to launching 10 new products across Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, AMG and EQ sub-brands in India. The S-class Maybach is expected to launch soon in the first quarter of this year, whereas the EQS will be launched towards the end of the year. Earlier in 2020, Mercedes-Benz had brought its flagship electric SUV EQC as a CBU unit in India, and since then, the company has been planning to lay the roadmap for its electric vehicle portfolio in India. The locally manufactured EQS will drastically reduce its cost, which will eventually help the brand penetrate strong in the Indian market.
The EQS luxury sedan is available in two variants internationally. First is the EQS 450+, which features a single electric motor on the rear axle with around 328bhp of power and 560Nm of peak torque. Whereas its top variant EQS 580 has dual-motor powering all four wheels. Both the trims carry the same 107.8kwh battery capable of providing around 700-800km of driving range. Although we are currently uncertain about the variant that will make it to the Indian market.
Another innovative technical highlight that was showcased in the annual press conference was the introduction of MBUX Hyperscreen. It is a curved 56-inch screen stretched across the entire dashboard. The central infotainment control system will comprise three screens that serves across the dashboard’s width.
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