The Mercedes-Benz EQS was revealed as the brand’s electrified luxury sedan and it looks like it may just stay as that. According to brand chief design officer Gordon Wagener, the new EV is not going to gain a coupe or cabriolet option.
As reported by AutoCar, Wagener believes that “These bodystyles are ‘specialty’ cars, and in the future, we will see them less and less and less. Overall, specialty models will make up just 15 per cent of the market in future. About 50 per cent will be SUVs and around 30 per cent sedans, to give rough numbers. So we will definitely not do coupe and cabriolet versions in every segment.”
This is the same reason why the brand revealed it would not be continuing the coupe or cabriolet for the all-new S-Class as well.
“When you look at the numbers, the coupe generates only a third of S-Class sales, so it’s not like you do big growth figures when you do these bodystyles. We will still have a good amount of dream cars – the new SL will launch this year – but we will not always have a coupe or convertible. We will not do that.” Wagener adds.
While these comments are directed to the Mercedes-Benz EQS, this does not rule out a coupe or convertible variant for the upcoming EQE saloon or SUV.
Last March it was revealed that Mercedes-Benz would end production of its S-Class coupé and cabriolet variants by August of that year before the imminent arrival of the current generation model. The rumour followed a report from February 2020 claiming Daimler’s cost-cutting drive would include the axing of the S-Class coupé and cabriolet body styles as well as deeper job cuts.
That earlier report suggested Daimler intended to further trim its model line-up, after confirming the end of the line for the X-Class double-cab bakkie. Indeed, the future of the B-Class appears uncertain, while the CLS and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé could eventually be consolidated into a single electric coupé.