The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ will kick-start a new generation of electric drivetrain cars that will carve their own niche brand.
The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept is the starting point for the brand’s adventure into electric mobility. Unlike the Volkswagen ID, the EQ concept is deceptively close to being production ready, making it the first car to be marketed under the Mercedes EQ sub-brand. Expect Mercedes to launch a sizeable number of electric cars under this sub-brand in the coming years.
Let’s take a closer look at the new EQ concept car. The silhouette is very reminiscent of the Mercedes GL family, which is unsurprising since it is an SUV. Although it does have some coupe elements as well, especially the sloping rear roofline which seems to be inspired by the CLS.
The radiator grille seems to be replaced by a virtual grille that has blue accents and a holographic Mercedes logo. The grille merges with the headlamps to create a large singular front end. Overall, this rather rounded muscular SUV is really pleasant to look at.
The Mercedes Generation EQ will also be brawny, thanks to the two electric motors, one for each the front and rear axle respectively. Mercedes is claiming an overall power output of around 400 HP and 700 Nm of torque for the most powerful EQ model with an estimated 0-100 kph figure of under 5 seconds. That isn’t the end of the story though, since the new EQ concept boasts an impressive range of 500 km that beats the nearest Tesla model.
The interior is extremely radical and in true concept fashion is rather button and cluster free. A large 24-inch TFT touch monitor acts as the centre of the infotainment system. As with latest concepts, the new Mercedes EQ will keep passengers connected to the internet with various mediums.
Mercedes says that by 2025, they would launch a total of 10 new electric cars based on the EQ sub-brand and unlike Tesla, they don’t really have to build a mega factory to get things rolling. We expect the EQ SUV to hit production in the next two years and Mercedes says it will be similarly priced to the GLC. This is truly exciting news for the world of electric mobility and Tesla will be watching closely. What are your thoughts on the new Mercedes Generation EQ?
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