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Mercedes-Benz EQV is the future of people movers

Matt Campbell
Senior Editor
CarsGuide

6 Mar 2019 • 2 min read

The Mercedes-Benz EQV is a luxury people mover with a fully electric powertrain and seating for eight adults - and while it's purely a concept for now, a production version isn't far away. In fact, it'll debut at Frankfurt motor show later this year.

The EQV essentially takes the Mercedes V-Class and replaces its drivetrain with a high-tech 100kWh battery pack that allows it to travel fully loaded for 400 kilometres.

Benz claims the so-called 'compact electric drivetrain (eATS)' at the front axle has 150kW of power, and there's a regular transmission with fixed ratios. It is claimed to be able to recharge enough range for 100km of driving in only 15 minutes.

The EQV also features revised styling to bring it in line with the EQ family of models, including new headlights with distinct LED daytime running lamps, a new grille and bumper, and model-specific 19-inch wheels with blue finishes.

The interior sees the blue motif continue, with leather trim elements and ambient lighting tying the exterior and cabin together. The company is set to offer seven- and eight-seat configurations.

CarsGuide has contacted Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia to see if there are any plans to introduce a production electric people mover or van in Australia.

While it would be the first electric Mercedes people mover, it certainly wouldn't be the first of its type - in its home market of China, LDV offers an e-G10 with 200km range.

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