Mercedes-Benz is preparing its latest EV for an unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The electric EQ MPV will preview a new rival to the upcoming Volkswagen ID Buzz.
The German carmaker confirmed the Concept EQV at the facelifted V-Class’s launch. The Mercedes-Benz EQV Concept is a ‘near-series study’ that will likely lend a lot of details to its production version. It is the fifth confirmed car in the Mercedes-Benz EQ range, followed by the EQC SUV launched last year, the upcoming EQA hatchback, EQB compact crossover, and EQS luxury saloon. All five models will go up for sale by 2022.
Mercedes-Benz is busy developing EVs in all body types , and the EQV is the fifth confirmed car in the EQ lineup.
Mercedes-Benz Vans’ electric lineup
Mercedes-Benz Vans sells the electric eVito and will launch the eSprinter later this year. The former of these is based on the architecture of the regular van, intended as a ‘last-mile’ delivery vehicle for urban applications. It is powered by three lithium-ion batteries with a combined capacity of 41.4kWh. An electric motor generating 113hp and 300Nm is connected to the batteries, providing a range of over 140km.
Wilfried Porth, Mercedes-Benz Vans board member, described the EQV as the company’s “next big statement” in the class. Mercedes-Benz’s van division will develop the production model, keeping it closely related to the firm’s future electric commercial vehicles.
The current V-Class range is available in three lengths with a flexible interior allowing to seat up to eight people. It can also be outfitted in ‘luxury’ configurations, as well as a Marco Polo campervan. The EQV would likely choose the same path as its petrol-powered counterpart and offer even more interior space due to the electric drivetrain involving underfloor battery packs.
The EQV's commercial sibling will be the e-Vito which has already begun testing in EV avatar.
Future EQ lineup
Mercedes-Benz floated the EQ brand to exclusively offer electric cars of all segments and price brackets. It has committed to bring as many s nine EVs to market by 2022, starting with the EQC. The nine new cars include a number of urban small hatchbacks through the Smart brand. An EQA-based saloon could also be on the cards to cater to the vital Chinese market.
Volkswagen will launch the production version of the ID Buzz in 2022, following the commercial version of the concept’s launch in 2021. The firm claims a range of almost 600km from the ID Buzz, so Mercedes-Benz already has a lofty target to attain with its EQV.
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