Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its first electric SUV model – known as the EQC – in Stockholm ahead of its 2019 production debut.
Powered by two electric motors at the front and rear axles, the Mercedes EQC produces up to 300 kW of power and has a provisional range of more than 450 km (280 miles).
It is the first model to be launched under the EQ brand of electric vehicles that Mercedes first announced in 2016.
Production will begin next year at the company’s plant in Bremen, Germany, while plans are afoot for Daimler to assemble the car in China for the Asian market.
Mercedes confirmed that the EQC will be built on the same line as four other existing models and that its 80 kWh lithium-ion battery will also be manufactured in Germany by a Daimler subsidiary near Dresden.
The company stated that some 200 prototypes and pre-production models have already completed “several million kilometers” of testing in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
The introduction of the Mercedes EQC forms part of a wave of high-volume automakers entering the electric SUV market, including Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Porsche.
“With the EQC – the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz – we are flipping the switch,” said Mercedes CEO and Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche.
“Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future. We are therefore investing more than ten billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production.”