Wednesday 12th December 2018
Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page

 


Mercedes-Benz EQ leads Paris charge. Image by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz EQ leads Paris charge
Mercedes reveals its big future plans at this year's Paris Motor Show.
<< earlier article     later article >>

 


News homepage

E what?

More than just a mere concept, the Generation EQ on Mercedes-Benz's stand represents a revolution from the century-old car maker. Specifically, an electric one, as Mercedes is going so far as creating a new brand for its electric vehicles, and promising big things. It's spearheaded by the neat Generation EQ concept, a GLC-sized smartphone-cum-SUV.

AN ESUV?

The EQ will, says Merc's moustachioed boss Dr Z, be a production reality within three years. The EQ brand promises to retain all the luxury, safety and technology traditionally associated with Mercedes, but adding a sophisticated plug-in battery drivetrain and the latest connectivity and autonomy. It is hoped to appeal to Mercedes-Benz's traditional customers and haul in a whole group of buyers new to the brand. The EQ model range will, says Zetsche, expand into all of the traditional segments, promising that there will be 'at least' 10 battery electric models in its EQ portfolio by 2025. He anticipates that between 15-20 per cent of the brand's entire sales will be made up of battery electric vehicles within the same timeline, with insiders suggesting that if hybrids are included then as much as 50 per cent of Mercedes-Benz's sales could be alternatively powered.

Alternatively powered?

That's alternatively powered in the old sense, as hybridisation and electrification were very evident at the Paris Motor Show. That's hardly surprising, as battery technology is advancing to the point where Mercedes is suggesting the production-ready EQ could offer a potential range of 310 miles, allied to a sub-five-second 0-62mph time. Your green conveyance can be as superfast as the many streaming connections to it, then. The traditional issue of charging is being addressed too; with the correct network, an 80 per cent charge should be possible in the time it takes you to stop and fill yourself up with a mokkochococamerichino as coffee baristas replace fuel companies as modern day roadside bandits emptying wallets of life savings.

There's more?

Introducing the Generation EQ in Paris, Dr Z outlined a bright new future for Benz customers traditional and new. There's talk of Airbnb style applications to allow your car to earn you money as a rental when it'd otherwise be parked, or using your car to have groceries delivered to it, and much more. We rather like the idea that someone somewhere in Mercedes-Benz is worrying about stopping a tub of ice cream melting after it has been delivered to your car as it waits for you to drive it home to the freezer.

Anything else?

All this battery-powered, smartphone-driven future-gazine isn't entirely at the expense of conventional market segments. Mercedes-Benz also used Paris to mix up its E-Class Estate with the introduction of the body-clad All Terrain model and it added some serious fun in the forms of the Mercedes-AMG GT and GT C Roadsters, just in case you can't wait for tomorrow to happen.



Kyle Fortune - 4 Oct 2016


2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.2016 Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept. Image by Mercedes-Benz.









www.mercedes-benz.co.uk    - Mercedes-Benz road tests
- Mercedes-Benz news
- Generation EQ images






All-new Skoda Scala revealed. Image by Skoda.
All-new Skoda Scala revealed
The new Skoda Scala slots in between the Fabia and Octavia.
 
Aston future-proofs its heritage. Image by Aston Martin.
Aston future-proofs its heritage
Owners of classic Astons will soon be able to convert them to electric power.
Merc shows off updated AMG GT range. Image by Mercedes-AMG.
Merc shows off updated AMG GT range
New Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro version joins the range.

 
 215 Racing
 9ff
 A. Kahn Design
 Abarth
 Abt
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Acura
 Alfa Romeo
 Alpina
 Alpine
 Amari
 APS Sportec
 Arash
 Arden
 Ares
 Ariel
 Arrinera
 Artega
 Ascari
 Aston Martin
 Atalanta
 Atomik
 Audi
 Austin
 Auto Union
 Autodelta
 Autofarm
 Autosport
 Avatar
 Axon
 Aznom
 BAC
 BAIC
 Bentley
 Bertone
 Bloodhound
 Bluebird
 BMW
 Bosch
 Bowler
 Brabham
 Brabus
 Breckland
 Bridgestone
 Brilliance
 Bristol
 Bugatti
 Buick
 Burton
 BYD
 Cadillac
 Callaway
 Caparo
 Capstone
 Carlsson
 Caterham
 CCG
 Chang'an
 Changfeng
 Chevrolet
 Chevron
 Chongfeng
 Chrysler
 Citroen
 Climax
 Connaught
 Cooper Tires
 Corvette
 Cummins
 Dacia
 Daewoo
 Daihatsu
 Daimler
 Dartz
 Datsun
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 DDR
 De Tomaso
 Delta
 Detroit Electric
 Devon
 Dodge
 Donkervoort
 Drayson
 DS
 Eagle
 Eagle E-type
 EDAG
 edo competition
 Eterniti
 Evisol
 Exagon
 FAB Design

 
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 Fenix
 Fenomenon
 Ferrari
 Fiat
 Fisker
 Ford
 G-Power
 Geely
 Gemballa
 General Motors
 Ginetta
 Giugiaro
 GMC
 Goodwood
 Google
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 GTA
 GTM
 Gumpert
 Hamann
 Hartge
 HBH
 Heffner Performance
 Hennessey
 HERE
 Holden
 Honda
 Hulme
 Hummer
 Hyundai
 I.D.E.A
 Icona
 IFR
 Infiniti
 Ionity
 Isis
 JAC
 Jaguar
 Jeep
 Jensen
 Jetstream
 JJAD
 Joss Developments
 Kahn
 Kamala
 Keating
 Kia
 Koenigsegg
 KTM
 Kumho
 Lada
 Lagonda
 Lamborghini
 Lancia
 Land Rover
 Lexus
 Liberty
 Lightning
 Lincoln
 Lister
 Loma Performance
 Lorinser
 Lotus
 LupiniPower
 Luxgen
 Mahindra
 Mansory
 Maserati
 Mastretta
 Maybach
 Mazda
 McLaren
 Mercedes
 Mercedes-AMG
 Mercedes-Benz
 Mercedes-Maybach
 Mercury
 Metrocab
 MG
 Michelin
 MINI
 Mitsubishi
 MMI
 Monte Carlo
 Mopar
 Morgan
 Mosler
 MTM
 NAC MG
 Nissan

 
 NLV
 Noble
 Novitec
 Opel
 Overfinch
 Pagani
 Perodua
 Peugeot
 Piaggio
 Pininfarina
 Polestar
 Pontiac
 Porsche
 Preview
 Prodrive
 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Proton
 Protoscar
 Qoros
 Radical
 Red Bull
 Renault
 Reva
 Rimac
 Rinspeed
 RoadRazer
 Rolls-Royce
 Ronn Motor Company
 Rover
 RUF
 Saab
 SAIC
 Saleen
 Saturn
 Scagliarini
 SCG
 Scion
 SDR Sportscars
 SEAT
 Sin
 Singer
 Skoda
 Smart
 Soleil
 Spada
 speedArt
 Sportec
 Spyker
 SRT
 Ssangyong
 SSC
 Startech
 STaSIS
 Subaru
 Suzuki
 Suzusho
 TAD
 Tamiya
 Tata
 Techart
 Tesla
 THINK
 Thunder Power
 Tojeiro
 Tommy Kaira
 TomTom
 Toray
 Toyota
 Trabant
 TranStar
 Trident
 Tushek
 TVR
 UKCOTY
 Vanda Electrics
 Vauxhall
 Velozzi
 Vencer
 Venturi
 Veritas
 Vizualtech
 VL Automotive
 Volkswagen
 Volvo
 VUHL
 Webasto
 Westfield
 Wiesmann
 Xenatec
 Yamaha
 Zagato
 Zarooq
 Zenos
 Zenvo



 
 






External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2018 ©