Mercedes-Benz is expected to replace U.S. production of its flagship electric crossover with a higher-volume model.
According to supplier sources, Mercedes will build the next-generation of its full-size EQS SUV from its Bremen, Germany factory in the second half of the decade.
The EQS SUV will continue to be built in Vance, Alabama, until the current generation ends late this decade, according to AutoForecast Solutions.
A Mercedes spokesperson on Wednesday declined to comment on speculation regarding the company's future production footprint but said there were no plans to shift production of the EQS SUV outside of Alabama.
The EQS SUV is currently built in Vance for global markets as well as the U.S.
The product shuffle is intended to make room at the Alabama factory for the higher-volume GLC EV, which a source described as a "cash cow."
GLC EV production in the U.S. should begin in the first quarter of 2026, according to AutoForecast Solutions. The research firm estimates that GLC EV volumes will hit 50,000 vehicles in the first year of manufacturing — more than double the EQS SUV's current production volume.
The EQS SUV production move will add about 20,000 vehicles annually to the Mercedes factory in Bremen, which builds several models, including the C- and E-Class sedans, the GLC and EQE crossovers.