Mercedes-Benz is one of the oldest automakers that is seriously pursuing the electrification of its products. The German company has adjusted its costs to finance the electrification needed. This policy has reduced the diversity of the product portfolio and has so far eliminated models such as the SLC Roadster, S-Class Coupe and S-Class Convertible from production lines.
Last month, the company announced that there would be no news of a new coupe and convertible version of the C-Class, and the development of the CLC four-door coupe has also stalled. It is reported that more models will fall victim to this policy and say goodbye to production lines.
A recent report from Automotive News quoted some informed sources as saying that a bright future awaits the CLS, and that this beautiful sedan will likely face a similar fate to the SLC Roadster and the other models we’ve listed.
With the exception of the CLS, coupe and convertible versions of the E-Class and one of the current GT models also have an uncertain future. The exact identity of the GT model is not known, but with the fact that the new SL roadster with a fabric roof will be added to the AMG lineup later this year, it is likely that this AMG GT is on the verge of extinction!
Not to mention that with all engines and cabs, Mercedes-Benz sells more than 100 different versions of its various products in the United States. Therefore, reducing the diversity and simplifying the list of models seems necessary.
The new generation S-Class shows that the Stuttgarts are well aware of this and have put diversity reduction on the agenda. The list of choices in this generation of S-Class has decreased by 86% compared to the previous generation, which is a significant figure. Instead of offering a full list of options and packages, the S-Class W223 comes in three main trims: Luxury Line, AMG Line and Executive Line.
It goes without saying that removing some cars from the production lines will not necessarily mean that the number of Mercedes-Benz models will decrease in the coming years, as the company prepares to launch several electric models from the EQ family. EQB, EQS and EQE are some of these new models that will be unveiled later this year. Next year, the long chassis version of the two models EQE and EQS will arrive.
In addition to the above, the Stuttgarters plan to develop an electric version of the C-Class. Of course, there is a lot of time left until the introduction of this version, and if everything goes according to plan, we will see its unveiling around 2025. The G-Class is another model that Mercedes-Benz wants to launch a green version with an all-electric drivetrain.