Mercedes Electric Car for 2019 Launch
German media are reporting that Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever regular-production electric crossover will be launched in 2018.
Named the 'ELC' it will have visual similarities with the recently released GLC (pictured above). The 'soft-roader' will ride on a new platform called Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) that’s being developed to gradually underpin a full range of electric models.
The most powerful engine configuration will carry up to 536 HP to a four wheel drive platform on an electric drivetrain made up of a lithium-ion battery pack which is located under the passenger compartment, and with electric motors over each axle. It is expected that Mercedes is to offer more affordable variations of the crossover fitted with less powerful drivetrains, possibly with just one single motor, and with a shorter driving range.
The 'ELC' will be a sport the latest Mercedes technology, it will come with numerous in-car connectivity features and driving aids, and it will also make use of Mercedes' wireless inductive charging, making the conventional charging cord obselete.
The Mercedes-Benz ELC will be introduced at one of the major motor shows in 2018, which means that it could be released in the 2019 model year. It will be more affordable than the Tesla Model X, and German magazine Auto Bild reports the Euro-spec model will reportedly start at roughly €50,000.