The pace of new model introductions from Mercedes-Benz planned for 2020 shows no sign of letting-up with no less than 22 model arrivals scheduled, writes Trish Whelan.
The 2020 line-up will be ‘the most inclusive and ecologically attuned range of models ever introduced by Mercedes-Benz’.
Of these, six will be conventionally powered vehicles with a further 16 arrivals to be made up of new PHEV plug-in electric hybrid models. This breakdown underlines the transition by Mercedes-Benz into the manufacture of alternative energy vehicles.
With launch dates to be announced during 2020, the six new conventionally powered models will be a new GLS SUV, a mid-size GLB SUV that includes a 7-seater version; a GLE Coupe, a GLA Compact SUV, and a new S-Class.
The brand also plan a second model from their EQ stable which will be a fully electric powered EQA SUV. Its introduction alongside the recently launched EQC will see Mercedes extend its presence in the all-electric sector with a model designed to compete in the higher-volume compact segment.
First to arrive here will be the GLB, followed quickly by the GLA, GLE Coupe and GLS. The EQA and S-Class will arrive later in the year, most probably towards Q4.
The Mercedes EQ division will introduce a 16-strong line-up of hybrid vehicles - models that their Sales Manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen, says ‘are poised to capture the growing demand amongst eco-conscious motorists for vehicles that deliver the best of all worlds.”
Coming will be an A 250e, B 250e, GLA 250e and CLA 250e in Coupe and Shooting Brake (estate) versions. Also scheduled are C-Class petrol and diesel powered hybrids in saloon and estate - a C 300e and C300de.
A similarly-configured GLC hybrid range in Coupe and SUV formats - a GLC 300e and GLC 300de - will be available in petrol and diesel with 2WD and 4WD transmission. Coming also will be an E-Class diesel hybrid in E 300de saloon and estate versions, plus a GLE 350de with 4-Matic transmission.
Ciaran Allen says it ‘is a range perfectly configured for those socially concerned owners who seek to future-proof their motoring requirements’.