The electric CUV previewed by the EQ concept shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show is just the tip of the iceberg for the German automaker, which has ten electric models on its mind before 2025.
Mercedes-Benz will enter the newly minted premium electric crossover market – consisting at the moment only of Tesla’s Model X – with a production series model based on the Generation EQ concept, slated to arrive before the end of the decade. The production location has been selected already – Bremen in Germany. The Generation EQ was debuted at the recently concluded Paris Motor Show and has two electric motors – one for each axle – for a total combined output of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet of torque (700 Newton-meters). That’s enough to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than five seconds.
The production version is still years away from seeing the light of day but Mercedes has already confirmed the concept’s crossover coupe styling will remain and a range of “up to 500 kilometers” (311 miles). That’s not exactly a record – the Tesla Model X P100D is already available in Europe and comes with a rating of 542 km (337 miles), in the European test cycle. The Mercedes’ lithium-ion battery will come from Daimler subsidiary Accumotive which is set to receive a 500 million euros investment into its factory in Kamenz, Germany.