Mercedes-Benz has launched its EQ product and technology range with three models from Smart, the first production models for the line.
Smart is currently the only maker worldwide to offer pure-electric and combustion-engine variants of the same vehicle, and its electric Fortwo coupe and convertible will become known as the Smart EQ Fortwo coupe and EQ Fortwo cabrio, respectively. They will be joined by the 4-door, 4-seat Smart EQ Forfour wagon (which is not available in North America).
“Smart is electric, innovative, intelligent and totally unique,” says Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler. “With the smart EQ Fortwo and Forfour, we are putting the first products from the Mercedes-Benz Cars EQ family on urban roads and showing how much fun electric mobility can be.”
Smart has been selling only its electric variants in Canada and the US since last year (and also in Norway), and will do so in Germany and Western Europe starting in 2020, as it completes its changeover from internal combustion to electric powertrains by mid-decade.
More than just an EV brand, EQ offers a comprehensive electric mobility eco-system of products, services, technologies and innovations, ranging from vehicles to home charging and storage units to charging services.
And because its parent is Mercedes-Benz, EQ (which reportedly stands for electric intelligence — like IQ but with an “e” for electric) brands state-of-the-art models that are emotional and intelligent in their designs, enjoyable to drive, practical for everyday use, and packed with safety features and systems.
The EQ line will begin producing the EQC (based on Mercedes-Benz’s concept EQ) in 2019. The Smart EQ Fortwo coupe and cabrio will hit North American showrooms in 2018, though they won’t have the Brabus exterior styling of the Nightsky editions introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.
Pricing and additional information will be available closer to launch.