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Mercedes-Benz broke into the electric vehicle (EV) market with its EQ lineup. However, many of the brand’s loyal following found the slippery styling of the EQS and EQE sedans to be less than palatable. That won’t be the case for long, though; Mercedes-Benz will update its EV styling and keep the naming scheme simple. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup will get a much-needed styling update

Vice President (VP) of Car Engineering at Mercedes-Benz Christoph Starzynski revealed that the brand is concerned about the public reception of the Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup’s styling. 

“We are taking this comment seriously,” Starzynski said, referring to comments that the styling is polarizing. “Looking at the [design] language in the Concept CLA, and maybe looking a little bit more in the future, I think we can definitely see there’s going to be adoptions to that,” Starzyski told interviewers in a chat with Top Gear.

The Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA could be template for an EQ and EQS update.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA | Mercedes-Benz

The CLA concept car is a dramatic thing, but it certainly smooths out some of the sober features of the Mercedes EV sedans. Of course, you’ll have to move past the tri-star running lights. That is if they make it onto the production models. Still, a production model of the Concept CLA for the Mercedes EQ would likely mean more of a defined hood line and rear deck. 

“This is basically the first glimpse of what you can expect in the future from Mercedes-Benz,” Starzynski said of the styling updates. Oh, happy days. 

It’s good news for the EV faithful who couldn’t quite reconcile with the Mercedes EQ’s aesthetic. What’s more, the German marque hopes to keep it simple with the EQ moving forward. Ultimately, Mercedes-Benz will merge its naming scheme into its current model-naming mindset. Think S-Class and EQS.

Of course, for Mercedes-Benz EQ to remain competitive with rivals from Tesla and Lucid, they’ll have to continue improving on all fronts. For instance, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan has an estimated single-charge range of around 352 miles on its 108.4 kWh battery architecture. However, Tesla says a comparable Model S will cover 405 miles under ideal conditions. That’s quite a gulf.