Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce 22 new models into the Irish market throughout 2020. Of these, six will be conventionally powered while the other 16 will be made-up of new PHEV plug-in electric hybrid models.
The six conventionally powered models will be the new GLS SUV, GLB SUV (available with seven seats), the GLE Coupé, the GLA Compact SUV and the new S-Class.
Also planned is a second model from Mercedes’ battery powered EQ range. The EQA SUV will join the recently launched EQC which sees Mercedes extend its presence in the EV sector.
In terms of sequencing, first to arrive here next year will be the GLB, followed quickly by the GLA, GLE Coupé and GLS. Mercedes says the EQA and S-Class will probably arrive in Q4 of 2020.
Regarding hybrids, the Mercedes EQ division is set to introduce a 16-strong line-up of hybrid vehicles. Mercedes-Benz sales manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen says the new hybrids 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 coupé and shooting brake versions. Also scheduled are C-Class petrol and diesel powered hybrids in saloon and estate – they being a C 300e and C300de.
A similarly-configured GLC hybrid range in coupé and SUV form – 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.
Allen adds that “it is a range perfectly configured for those socially concerned owners who seek to future-proof their motoring requirements”.