We can’t really say that the most prominent German car manufacturer can compete with today’s electric-vehicle leaders, but this will definitely change in next several years. As you probably know, Audi already announced the arrival of the all-electric Q6 SUV, while the BMW currently reconsidering to add an electric version of the X3 crossover. This isn’t everything from Germany. No, Mercedes is also working on EV cars. More precise, the carmaker plans to add at least 10 zero-emission vehicles in various sizes and body styles. However, most of the models won’t be ready soon. We say most because the automaker already works on the first one, which will likely feature a high-riding body. Yes, and what’s more interesting, we manage to catch a testing prototype of what appears to be 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Well, the nameplate may change when the production model arrives, but this particular mule uses the body of the current GLC Coupe and parts of the EQ concept from the 2016 Paris auto show, so altogether it’s could be named the EQC. In any case, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Electric SUV uses just a shell of the aforementioned coupe-like SUV, but it’s totally different. It rides on the all-new EPA platform, which will underpin Mercedes’ entire electric lineup. This so-called skateboard architecture stores the battery in the floor, while the electric motor or motors are hooked up to an axle or both axles.
For instance, the Generation EQ concept was introduced with a pair of electric motors that are capable of producing around 400 horsepower. The all-wheel drive setup was able to achieve 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds, which is a pretty amazing result for an SUV. Mercedes’ future electric SUV will reportedly have at least 70 kilowatt-hours battery and driving range that should easily surpass 300 miles.
According to the newest reports, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC (or whatever it will be called SUV) will make the official debut in late 2018.