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 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.
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.
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.