Mercedes-Benz Ireland is looking ahead to 2021 with the announcement of 23 new models spread across eight months beginning January through to December.
Of these, six will be conventionally powered vehicles with an overarching feature being the arrival of an additional five new fully electric models and a further 12 new PHEV plug-in electric hybrids.
The first to arrive in January will be the much-anticipated new S-Class, followed later in the month by a Maybach GLS, the first foray by the German carmaker into the luxury crossover segment.
In June, revised versions of the 4-door CLS Coupé and AMG GT 4-door Coupé, along with a new S580 Maybach, are scheduled. Following later in the year is a new SL two-door sports model and a new C-Class in Saloon, Estate, and All-Terrain model variants.
From the Mercedes EQ stable, five fully electric models are expected, the first of which, in January, will be the EQV. Based on the stylish V-Class, demand for the EQV is expected to come from luxury hotels and private hire specialists for deluxe airport transfers, small group tours, and travel to race meetings and sporting events.
Arriving in April will be the EQA, the first electric version of the GLA compact SUV followed in August by the S-Class-inspired EQS luxury saloon. Towards year-end, a new AMG EQS 53and new E-Class inspired EQE executive saloon is expected.
Proof that hybrids will be a major focus of Mercedes-Benz attention next year will be the introduction of an impressive 12-strong line-up of hybrid vehicles – models that their Sales Manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen says “are likely to appeal to the increasing body of eco-conscious motorists seeking vehicles that deliver the best of all worlds”.
Expected in Q1 are an A 250e, B 250e, GLA 250e, and CLA 250e in Coupé and Shooting Brake versions. A similarly configured GLC hybrid range in Coupé and SUV form – a GLC 300e and GLC 300de – will be available in petrol and diesel. Also arriving will be a GLE 350de and GLE Coupé 350de, all with 4Matic transmission.
Scheduled for later in the year are C-Class and S-Class petrol-powered hybrids – they being a C 300e and S 580e.