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Mercedes Generation EQ bows at Paris motor show

Mercedes-Benz has previewed the design language of its upcoming electric vehicle range, with the debut of the Generation EQ concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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The future lineup is all set to fall under the EQ umbrella, a name which incorporates IQ and Electricity, or ‘Electrical Intelligence’. The concept has a 300kW/700Nm all-wheel drive system and is capable of 500km on a full charge. This is thanks to a battery capacity of “over 70kWh”, also giving the car a 0-100km/h time of under five seconds.

The styling language incorporates the use of blue LEDs to occupy the space a grille would on a combustion car, for example, while the front fascia also incorporates the headlights into a clean, induction cooktop-style display. For the cabin there are similar elements to the current range, but with a large 24-inch monitor, OLED controls and a more airy and sparse layout.

This was joined by a proclamation by Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche that there will be more EVs joining the lineup than thought. He said:

“By 2025 we’ll have more than 10 fully electric vehicles on the market. We are developing a entirely new vehicle architecture. Our goal is to have electric vehicles make up between 15 and 25 per cent of our global sales by 2025.”

Mercedes Generation EQ-seats

Regarding the concept’s production prospects, the company claims: “We’ll see this car out on the road within three years from now – at the price range of a reasonably equipped Mercedes-Benz GLC”. Indicating a 2019 launch for Mercedes-Benz’s first EQ electric car.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.