Mercedes‘s EQ vary of totally electrical autos is slowly taking form, regardless of the carmaker having solely unveiled one mannequin to this point.
The remainder of them are nonetheless present process checks whereas closely camouflaged, like this thriller prototype noticed by our photographers. We all know to anticipate the EQA and EQB pairing, the mid-size EQE, a big EQS mannequin and now, we’re one thing fully new right here. It’s considerably formed like an MPV, which is each fascinating and odd on the similar time. So what may it’s?
Effectively, seen as how all of the aforementioned fashions are based mostly on Mercedes‘ totally electrical EVA II platform and the already-available EQC nonetheless makes use of GLC underpinnings, some are claiming that this might truly be form of an EQC II, changing its pioneering sibling.
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This each is smart and doesn’t on the similar time. For starters, why would Mercedes willingly leap out of such a profitable phase because the one the place the EQC at the moment resides? Compact EV crossovers are about to take over quite a lot of international markets and sending out some kind of smaller R-Class kind of EV towards the likes of the Audi e-tron, BMW iX3 or the Tesla Mannequin Y doesn’t sound too good.
Alternatively, changing the present EQC with one thing based mostly on a extra trendy structure would result in enhancements in efficiency and vary. Then once more, the EQC barely got here out and pulling it could be a catastrophe. Maybe this mannequin can be bought alongside its crossover-shaped sibling, sort of like how Audi does with the e-tron and e-tron Sportback. This appears extra believable.
Visually, it’s exhausting to overlook the EQ-style grille and door-mounted mirrors (like on the EQE and EQS), whereas the prototype’s general dimensions do seem comparatively compact – perhaps it’s a tiny bit longer than the EQC. Whereas there isn’t a lot else to infer right here, anticipate to see the most recent by way of MBUX on-board software, whereas its electrical drivetrain will certainly provide higher vary than the EQC, since that’s how progress normally works.