Like the upcoming Audi E-Tron Quattro, Mercedes-Benz has an electric,
premium crossover under development as a challenger against Tesla Model X.
These spy shots catch the production version during cold-weather evaluations
ahead of sales beginning 2019.
The production model appears to take significant cues from the Mercedes
Generation EQ concept (gallery above). Ignoring the cladding covering the
body on this test mule, they appear to share the same smooth shape. A broad
grille connects to headlights that come to a point at their corners. A large
piece of concealment over the rear hatch on this prototype indicates that
the two vehicles would have similar subtly raked hatchbacks, too.
In concept form, the Generation EQ packed an electric motor at each axle
with a total combined output of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 516
pound-feet of torque (700 Newton-meters). The combo got the SUV to 62 miles
per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than five seconds. A
70-kilowatt-hour battery provided at least 311 miles (500 kilometers) of
range. The company will likely try to get similar specs out of the
Mercedes will invest $1 billion into its factory in Vance, Alabama,
specifically for production of EQ electric models, including this one. It’ll
allow for assembly of the EQ C crossover to begin in 2019. Norwegians can
reserve the vehicle today for the equivalent of around $2,500.