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2016 Paris Motor Show: Mercedes Generation EQ electric crossover concept unveiled

2016 Paris Motor Show: Mercedes Generation EQ electric crossover concept unveiled
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Friday 30 September 2016, 14:18 PM

It is the Paris Motor Show 2016 and all that is reigning is either electric or an SUV. Mercedes-Benz gets both of them together for their new concept, Generation EQ – the electric SUV. Along with the SUV, Mercedes has also marked the beginning of the company’s new product brand for electric mobility.

Mercedes is already developing a new platform architecture to cater to EVs. This platform will be flexible and scalable to be the backbone of all Mercedes hatches, sedan, saloons, crossovers and SUVs of the future that will run on electricity alone.

The Generation EQ looks almost production ready unlike previous extravagant electric car concepts from the German car maker. Powered by twin electric motors, the Generation EQ can go up to 500kms in a single charge. The power output of the motors can also be scaled up to 400bhp of power – a number enough to get you across any continent in a jiffy.

The Generation EQ has been built on the same platform Mercedes is developing for future EVs and has a mix of steel, aluminium as well as microfiber to make it strong and keep it light. For a five-seater, the EQ is large and can be easily extended to fit another row like the Mercedes GLS.

The interior of the concept is futuristic with a large TFT screen for the instrument cluster and LED lighting all around to keep the consumption low. While concepts have their design liberties, the production car will certainly retain the futuristic touches like the bluish ambience on the inside and the attractive LED headlamp units on the outside of the EQ.

It might be 2020 by the time one of these rolls off the production line when the cars inspired by the Generation EQ will have everything from self-driving technology to the latest luxury features.


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