The first test mats for the Mercedes-Benz electric SUV based on the 2016 Paris Auto Show’s Generation EQ concept have been spotted.
The electric crossover Mercedes-Benz EQC made waves, as the spy shots of the car showed it by performing cold weather tests. The development mule does not have significant external marks, such as cut lines or disfigured panels on the body. However, it is expected that the car will share its key features with the GLC. It seems that there are no exhaust buttons, whereas there is an opening in the rear bumper, which makes it a bit bigger. The windshield has EV stickers, covered badges and tow hooks exposed, while there is a white band under the vehicle.
In the Generation EQ concept, two electric motors provide a combined power of about 400 horsepower. They form an all-wheel drive system “across the road” and promise an acceleration of 0 to 60mph less than 5.0 seconds. It is likely that the EQC will offer different levels of power and range at multiple prices. Any Mercedes is willing to declare that the battery will have more than 70 kilowatt-hours and a range of at least 300 miles on a single charge.
The battery will be a lithium-ion unit from the subsidiary Daimler Deutsche Accumotive. The German company already has a running battery factory and is expanding it in preparation for the next generation Mercedes electric cars.
Look for the beginnings of this electric SUV, whatever it is, at the end of 2018 or the beginning of the following year. Mercedes will follow with at least nine electric cars by 2025. There will be both sedans and SUVs and maybe even a sports car.