With the market of premium electric crossover continuing to expand, Mercedes-Benz revealed that it will soon be joining this segment as it had started the development of the production version for the Generation EQ Concept. Aimed to be released by the end of this decade, the task of building this version falls largely on the hands of its facility located in Bremen, Germany. Once released, Mercedes-Benz added that it will be the first of 10 electric models to be unveiled by 2025.
Since the actual production version of the company’s Generation EQ is more likely years away from being released, it comes as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz remains to be mum on some of the details behind it. The only thing that the company confirmed for now is that the upcoming model is likely to retain the crossover coupe styling of the concept car. However, Mercedes-Benz did promise that the range would likely reach 311 miles (500 km). This is assumed, of course, to be under the European testing cycle.
Still, that range is not likely to make this model the leader in its segment. The Tesla Model X P100D for instance, which is available already on the European market, can go, according to the Europe testing cycle, as far as 337 miles (542 km). Considering how fast Tesla is when it comes to the development of EVs, it is possible that once the Generation EQ’s production version hits the market, Tesla’s CUV could have a range even farther than what has already been mentioned.
In terms of power, the lithium-ion battery that Mercedes-Benz will be using is expected to be sourced from Accumotive, a subsidiary of Daimler. Mercedes-Benz disclosed that it will be upgrading Accumotive’s facility located in Kamenz, Germany by investing a total of 500 million euros. The goal is that Accumotive will eventually supply all of the energy storage part not only for Mercedes’ electric vehicles but for Smart’s as well. These will include not just the EVs but the plug-in hybrids too.
The Generation EQ was first unveiled by Mercedes-Benz during the recently concluded Paris Motor Show and was displayed as a futuristic crossover. The model had an electric motor placed on each of its axle resulting in total output of 402 horsepower (300 kW) with peak torque at 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm). Through the powertrain equipped, it was expected that the Generation EQ would accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 m/h) in barely 5 seconds.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the Generation EQ will be one of three German models that is expected to be released in the segment for the next years. Audi itself will be joining this segment as well with the E-Tron which is expected to have a range at least 310 miles (500 km). BMW meanwhile revealed that rather than come up with a dedicated model, it will instead simply make an electric version of the X3. Though BMW’s will not be as stylish as that of Audi’s, or even Mercedes-Benz, it will be able to enter the market earlier as its official debut is expected to occur by the later part of 2018.