Mercedes reveal concept SUV to rival Tesla
The Paris Motor Show tends to have its fair share of unveilings and this year’s is no different, with Mercedes taking its turn in the spotlight. The German car maker has unveiled its new SUV concept, Generation EQ. The all-electric SUV is modelled on the GLC Crossover.
Head of the Mercedes-Benz car division, Dieter Zetsch said that the concept will be hitting the roads in three years and will cost the same as the GLC Crossover, which starts at £40,000. The all electric vehicle has a protected range of 310 miles.
Mercedes is looking to beef up its electric vehicle output with four expected models to be in showrooms by 2020.
This year’s Paris event is notable for the amount of electric vehicles being revealed. VW has already showed off its I.D. electric concept that has a range between 248-372 miles from a single charge. Volkswagen has announced the car should be on sale by 2020, and a fully autonomous edition is expected by 2025.
Competition is starting to hot up in the electric car stakes, with each automaker striving to produce a vehicle that can travel further between charges than the competition. Tesla has announced an upgrade to the battery on the Model S with ‘Ludicrous’ mode. This should see a projected range of 315 miles. The Model X upgrade meanwhile will see range increased to 289 miles. The Chevy Bolt will be capable of 238 miles when it goes on sale towards the end of this year.
Mercedes’ offering is still very much in the concept phase, so a comparison with existing models wouldn’t be accurate. But with just a three year wait till production, it should be seen as a rival to Tesla when it finally goes on sale.