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German luxury marque Mercedes-Benz is planning to unveil a new electric SUV concept at this year’s Paris motor show, according to a new report out of the UK.

According to Autocar, the new electrified show car will preview an upcoming production EV, which is expected to debut in the form an SUV that would go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X.

The new electric SUV would also take on Audi’s upcoming Q6 e-tron and, if it comes to production, Jaguar’s reported electric F-Pace variant.

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The report claims that Mercedes’ new EV is scheduled to commence production in 2019, and will be the first in a range of upcoming all-electric models that will be added to its line-up.

Next in line is an all-electric sedan to rival the Tesla Model S, potentially an EV variant of the E-Class.

Last year, Dr Thomas Weber, head of research and development for Mercedes-Benz cars, told CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motor show that the company is looking to expand its zero-emissions vehicle line-up, adding to the handful of models it already has on sale.

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Although not in Australia, Mercedes already sells the B-Class Electric Drive in international markets, an EV version of its Smart micro car, and has previously sold a pure electric version of the SLS AMG supercar, called the SLS AMG Electric Drive.

“As you know, a lot of full-electric vehicles are on the road. In the meantime, especially in combination we have at the moment there is some good potential for urban runabouts to run emissions-free,” said Weber.

Watch for Mercedes to unveil its electrified SUV concept at October’s Paris motor show.

Pictured: GLC Coupe concept, an early preview of the new GLC Coupe.

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