Originally, the automaker intended to launch the compact EQC hatchback as its first electric model for North America. A change of plans now sees that Merc offered to European clientele only. The revised schedule makes two other EVs available here: The full-size EQS sedan; and the midsize EQE utility vehicle. Both are expected by mid- to late-2022 as 2023 models. The EQS will be offered in ultra-luxury Maybach and performance-oriented (751-horsepower) EQS53 AMG varieties. The EQE’s single rear-mounted motor will deliver an estimated 288 horsepower, while a two-motor all-wheel-drive version is expected to produce close to 400 horsepower. Both models will eventually be built at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Alabama.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan is expected to arrive in late 2022 as a 2023 model, along with the EQE utility vehicle. PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

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