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These are the 6 electric Mercedes-Benz models coming soon

Six electric vehicles are being introduced to the Mercedes-Benz lineup in the coming years.

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Mercedes-Benz is gearing up for the next stage of its electrified and electric vehicle (EV) plan. This includes the introduction of new electric vehicle architecture in 2021. Further the company has released information about the six electric vehicles it has plans to bring to market soon.

The custom-developed architecture is scalable across the Mercedes EV lineup. This is similar to the new design used by General Motors as well as Rolls-Royce's Architecture of Luxury. The Mercedes design offers accommodation variable wheelbases, tracks, and batteries.

Mercedes-Benz EQS testing The models are currently being tested across the globe.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The six vehicles Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will build on the platform include:

  • EQS - an all-electric member of the S-Class range that will go on sale next year
  • EQS SUV - an all-electric luxury SUV based on the S-Class and EQS
  • EQE - an all-electric business saloon car
  • EQE SUV - an all-electric business SUV based on the EQE
  • EQA - an all-electric version of the GLA
  • EQB - an all-electric version of the GLB

Those models will join the EQC all-electric SUV and EQV all-electric people carrier in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

Mercedes has already let it slip that the EQS will have a range of up to 700 km (434 miles). For an idea of what the design of the EQS will look like, check out the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept car, which debuted in September 2019.

Testing of models is currently underway at Mercedes's Test and Technology Centre in Immendingen, Germany. The vehicles will also be tested in the winter weather conditions of Scandinavia, and undergo chassis and drivetrain tests at Mercedes proving grounds public roads, and the high-speed test track at Nardo. Additionally, the heat of Southern Europe and South Africa are playing roles in testing, as well as roads in China and the U.S.A.

Mercedes-Benz EQS testing Mercedes is expected to reveal more about the electric vehicles soon.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

"The EQS has already piled up far more than two million test kilometres from the heat of South Africa to the cold of Northern Sweden", says Christoph Starzynski, Vice-President Electric Vehicle Architecture at Mercedes-Benz and responsible for the EQ vehicles. "The EQS will be the S-Class of electric vehicles. That is why it is undergoing the same demanding development program as any other vehicle that has the privilege of proudly bearing the three-pointed star. In addition, there were quite a few tests specifically for electric cars that cover important development priorities such as range, charging and efficiency".

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Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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