At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz introduced a sporty SUV coupé concept, the Generation EQ that announces the next generation of vehicles with battery-electric drives.


Just by looking at the dynamic exterior design and the car's new electro-look, we know we're in for one very powerful electric drive system, resting underneath. It's comprised of two electric motors (one on the front and the other on the rear axis), with a system output that can be - thanks to scalable battery components - increased to up to 300 kW. Because each motor is mounted on its own axis, they gurantee a permanent all-wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution and a battery installed deep in the vehicle floor between the axles. The car only needs less than five seconds to reach 100 kph.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ has – on a full battery charge - a range of up to 500 kilometres. Significantly reduced charging times for the battery will be achieved by fast charging via the Combined Charging System (CCS). Right now, charging capacities from 50 up to sometimes 150 kW are possible, however in the long run, the numbers will go up to 300 kW. This means that sufficient power for 100 locally emission-free kilometres would be guranteed after only five minutes of charging.

The driver and the passengers can of course expect the high level of comfort, security, functionality and connectivity, as expected of a future-oriented, battery-electric model family vehicle. It will be based on a modular architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models (including SUVs, saloons, coupés, cabriolets and other models), offering variability through the modular buildingblock system. The newcomer will be built on an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre, balancing lightweight design, strength and cost efficiency.

Oct. 2, 2016 Driving photo: Daimler

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