The electric van concept previews a production version bound for the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, with looks and performance likely to mirror that of the show car.

Mercedes-Benz has whipped the covers off the Concept EQV, a thinly-veiled preview of the production V-Class EV set for release at this year's Frankfurt motor show.

In keeping with the EQC, the EQV is a mildly more futuristic looking V-Class, with Mercedes-Benz's new lighting signature and gloss black detailing the defining features up front, along with a light bar across the top of the grille.

Down back, the car is essentially unchanged compared to the existing production V-Class, suggesting Mercedes-Benz won't bother differentiating the EQV from the V-Class in the same way it's separated the EQC from the GLC.

Under the skin is a 150kW electric motor fed by a 100kWh battery pack, good for a claimed range of 400km. Top speed is 160km/h.

As is the case with electric vehicles, charge times are dependent on where you're plugged in. Hooked up to a rapid charger, 15 minutes are enough for 100km of range, while Mercedes-Benz hasn't actually quoted a figure on a home wall box or garage quick charger. That might have to wait for the production car's release later this year.

Inside, the electric V-Class offers the same flexibility afforded by its internal-combustion counterparts. The concept is a six-seater, but it can be converted to a seven- or eight-seater if required. With a flat battery comes a flat floor, and with a flat floor comes endless possibilities for interior arrangement.

The cabin follows the theme laid out by the EQC, with plenty of copper highlights and stitching scattered around. There's blue suede on the transmission tunnel, dash and doors, black leather on the seats, and it all looks ready to roll down the production line.

There's also an MBUX controller on the transmission tunnel (or what would house the transmission in an internal-combustion car), and a variation of the software using a widescreen central display and conventional dials in front of the driver. Expect the production car to be offered with a dual-screen setup.