Mercedes EQR to revive the Mercedes R-Class this decade [Update]

In October 2020, Daimler confirmed plans to launch six new EVs to expand its EQ line-up to eight models by 2022. Furthermore, according to a carmagazine.co.uk report last year, a secret Mercedes EQR is also on the way. This new EV model would revive the Made in USA Mercedes R-Class MPV.

First things first, the Mercedes EQR would be no soccer mom minivan like the R-Class that lived for two generations since its debut in 2005. The plan is to have Mercedes-AMG and EQ divisions to co-develop a hot 1000-horsepower “limo-SUV” that can offer mad acceleration despite being a three-row model.

Mercedes EVA platform cars
Daimler announced three new EVs in October 2020: Mercedes EQS SUV (left), EQE sedan (right), and EQS sedan (middle). The Mercedes EQR will arrive after these launches. Image: Daimler

Design

The British report suggests that the Mercedes-AMG EQR would have crossover SUV styling with a sloping roofline, noticeably wide body, and low ground clearance. Expect a Jaguar I-Pace-like sporty stance but in a much bigger size.

Features

Key features of the high-end EQ models like the EQS due by 2022 should find their way into the Mercedes EQR. Moreover, the MBUX Hyperscreen, a coast-to-coast curved screen unit comprising three displays under a glass cover, the Digital Light headlights, the HEPA filter carrying OFI CERT” ZG 250-1 certification, and other main features may come in the higher version.

Platform & Performance

Daimler announced last year that it will develop a new MMA platform for compact and mid-size EQ models. However, the Mercedes R-Class successor, which is referred to by the media as the ‘Mercedes-AMG GLR’, tentatively, should be a large model using the company’s new EVA platform. The British report only says that it will be based on a monocoque chassis made of steel and aluminum. A dedicated BEV platform would allow clever interior packaging and give enough room for seven occupants.

On July 22, 2021, Daimler announced a revision in its EV strategy from electric-first to electric-only. The company said that it will introduce three new architectures in 2025:

  1. MB.EA – For medium, executive, and large passenger models
  2. AMG.EA – For high-performance Mercedes-AMG models
  3. VAN.EA – For electric vans and LCVs

We will introduce 3 new EV-only architectures. And by the end of this decade we will be ready to go 100% electric – where market conditions allow.

Ola Kallenius, CEO, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG (Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)

MB.EA could be a family of platforms, including an updated or further-developed version of the EVA. Should the EQR be a dedicated AMG model, AMG.EA would be the obvious pick. In any case, expect parameters with respect to range, charging and acceleration, better than what the EVA platform promises today.

2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class front three quarters
The predecessor of the Mercedes EQR, the U.S.-built Mercedes R-Class, lived for two generations and was successful in China. Image: Daimler

The report states that the range-topping configuration would have a battery pack with a 105 kWh consistent useable energy content and a temporary additional useable energy content of 20 kWh for disposal during the overboost function.

Three 250 kW motors will power the Mercedes R-Class electric, resulting in a net power of 1006 horsepower and a net torque of 996 lb.-ft, claims Car Magazine. As for the transmission, there will be a Porsche Taycan-style single-speed direct-drive for the front wheels and a two-speed transmission for the rear wheels. No doubt then, Mercedes-AMG will go all out with this three-row EQ electric SUV.

Daimler plans to develop a modular battery system where it needs to change only the cell chemistry and height for a different range, charging rate, and driving performance. The company could make use of this new technology in the Mercedes EQR.

We are aiming for a modular battery system that consists of uniformly designed components and a standardized interface to the entire vehicle. Only two differentiating characteristics will create the necessary variance in terms of range, charging and driving performance: cell chemistry and the height. Besides a very innovative battery technology, an improved eDrive system contributes to further increasing the range and efficiency of electric vehicles.

Markus Schafer, BoM member responsible for R&D, Daimler, and Chief Operating Officer, Mercedes-Benz Cars(Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive)

Release date

2025 is the year when Daimler plans to release the radical Mercedes R-Class successor, as per the British publication. This is a year after the Mercedes EQG is planned.

780 km/485 miles (WLTP) driving range is already possible in Daimler’s flagship (Mercedes EQS), and the company may target a similar figure in mainstream models by 2025. In fact, the company is working on a concept – the Mercedes Vision EQXX – to develop a road-legal EV that can travel from Shanghai to Beijing (1,214 km or 754 miles) on a single charge, which it will demonstrate next year, featuring a production Mercedes car’s battery.

Mercedes EQR FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQR release date?

It is reported that the Mercedes EQR will arrive around 2025 as a premium 7-seater.

What will be the Mercedes EQR price?

The Mercedes EQR could cost around USD 100,000.

What will be the Mercedes EQR rivals?

The Mercedes EQR could rival the Tesla Model X, Lucid Gravity, and Cadillac Escalade Electric.

Featured image: Daimler