- Mercedes‑Benz is pushing ahead with the development of its plug-in hybrids under the ‘EQ Power’ label.
Soon to be available as part of the A-Class and B-Class range, the A 250e and B 250e will have an electric output of 75 kW and an electric-only range of up to 42 miles (WLTP).
Comfort, ECO and Sport modes will be available on the EQ models. These modes allow the driver to either give priority to electric driving, place the emphasis on driving dynamics in combined drive mode or give preference to combustion mode in order to save electric range. For the first time on a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the combustion engine is also started by the electric motor and the cars do not have a separate 12-volt starter.
By the end of 2019 Mercedes-Benz will have more than ten plug-in hybrids in their line up – starting at the A-Class and up to the S-Class. The aim is to be able to offer customers well over 20 model variants in 2020.
- Mercedes-Benz also revealed this week a new luxury electric MPV based on the V-Class, the Mercedes-Benz EQV.
Originally uncovered as the ‘Concept EQV’ at the Geneva Motor Show this year, this production version is the first fully-electric premium MPV and will have a range of up to 251 miles (provisional figure), as well as be able to rapid charged from 10%-80% in less than 45 minutes.
The battery, which has a usable capacity of 90 kWh, is installed in the space below the floor and results in no impact on the interior space of the vehicle compared to the V-Class it's based upon.
Available with the option of six individual seats or bench seats, the EQV can be configured to carry up to the 8 people in total.
With prices yet to be announced, the Mercedes-Benz EQV will go on sale next year. With the current V-Class range starting at around £50,000; it’s likely that prices for the all-electric EQV will start in excess of £60,000.
- Order books for the all-new Peugeot 208 and e-208 opened this week, with deliveries starting in early 2020.
Since April this year, customers have been able to place a refundable £500 reservation on selected 208 and e-208 models. The all-new 208 is available in Active, Allure, and GT Line trims, while the e-208 comes in Active, Allure, GT Line and range-topping GT specification.
Peugeot are aiming to offer electrified variants across its entire model line-up by 2023.
- Volkswagen is set to present a new logo and new brand design at this year’s IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Under the motto of “New Volkswagen”, the company have said:
“The symbol and trademark will be the new logo. This will be more modern, clearer and simpler. The logo will be reduced to its essential elements and presented with a new design that is flat and two-dimensional. It will allow more flexible use and will be outstandingly recognizable in digital media. This also applies to the new brand signals such as pictograms, typography, colors or layouts. For the first time, the brand will have a sound logo, which will replace the former brand claim. In addition, the Volkswagen brand will have a female voice in the future.”
- The IAA will also see Volkswagen unveiling the production version of the fully-electric Volkswagen ID.3. With reservations being taken now, the ID.3 is based on VW Group’s fully electric MEB platform and will be one of the first VW cars to feature the new company logo. The actual first car to bare the new logo is set to be the upcoming eighth-generation Golf, which will launch later this year and go on sale in 2020.