More than just a visual treat, the SUV « Generation EQ » respects the new codes by Mercedes-Benz, a company which for years has placed e-mobility as the spearhead of its strategy. To that regard, Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG said « Emission-free automobile is the future. And our new EQ brand goes far beyond electric vehicles. EQ stands for a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations."
The vehicle is optimised to meet requirements of electric and futuristic models, with a basic architecture of the SUV similar to those that travel our roads. The German automaker made the choice to give the concept car a discreet body panel, concealed windscreen wipers, and replaced the mirrors by cameras that project images of the rear of the vehicle on a screen inside the cockpit.
The silhouette is slender and dynamic due the absence of door handles. The 21-inch alloy wheels add a dynamic edge to the vehicle and optimize move offs. To sum up, « Generation EQ » is said to be « hot and cool » according to Gordon Wagener, Head of design for Daimler AG « with an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive retro look »
Thanks to modular conception, the battery (placed under the vehicle floor) has a capacity of 70 kWh. Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE made the high-efficiency lithium-ion battery. Equipped with the Car-to-X technology, the SUV can exchange information with other vehicles - this system is also designed to indicate the driver where to find different charging points on their itinerary. On the medium and long term, the fast charging capacities will be adjusted in Europe and probably increase to 300 kW.
Regarding the engines, the SUV has two electric ones, one on the front axles and the other on the back axles. The vehicle’s driver assistance system is reinforced by the presence of sensors. This specificity is one that is more and more integrated by carmakers to allow autonomous driving, respecting current regulation.