Not to be outdone by rival Volkswagen, which took the wraps off its new I.D. electric car at the Paris auto show this week, Mercedes Benz also introduced what may be the first model in its new EQ sub-brand for electric cars. The company says the four pillars of its EQ cars will be connected, autonomous, shared, and electric.
The EQ concept is built on a proper electric car chassis with the battery mounted underneath the floor. Mercedes says the new chassis is modular and can be adapted to a number of new vehicles. The concept targets the sweet spot of the current market. It appears to be a medium size crossover SUV, which is precisely what many shoppers want in a car these days. In fact, it looks a lot more like an SUV than Tesla’s Model X. It’s handsome without breaking any new styling ground.
Because it is meant to be shared, the interior is made up of fewer leather and wood accents than usual. Instead, it uses more lightweight materials that can be easily cleaned. It also has an enormous 24″ OLED touchscreen to provide the latest in connectivity and entertainment options.