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New Mercedes EQV luxury MPV revealed at Frankfurt

The all-electric luxury Mercedes EQV passenger van gets a 250-mile range and EQ-specific styling tweaks

Mercedes has officially unveiled its second all-electric EQ model at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The EQV uses a 100kWh battery developing 201bhp and 362Nm of torque, and offers a provisional range of 252 miles. Mercedes says it will charge from 10 to 80 per cent full in “less than an hour” using a rapid public charge point.

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Like the new EQC, the van is based on an existing Mercedes platform, rather than a set of bespoke underpinnings. As such, it’ll be built alongside the standard V-Class and Vito models, at the firm’s plant in Vitoria, Northern Spain.

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However, due to the van’s size, Mercedes has managed to place the batteries below the floor, claiming the set-up has no impact on available interior room. Other markets will get a choice of wheelbases and seat configurations, but all UK cars will be Extra-Long wheelbase models with eight seats as standard.

All versions use Merc’s latest MBUX infotainment system, ‘refined’ for the EQV. Using a 10-inch screen, owners can customise the display to show myriad information – including available charge, energy flow and a consumption histogram. It also uses the same ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control system found on the latest A-Class.

Different drive modes make the most of the EQV’s available charge. The E+ setting uses the car’s navigation system and programmed route to optimise the vehicle’s parameters and maximise available range, while adjustable recuperation settings capture energy that would otherwise be lost. In its strongest level, Mercedes claims it is possible to drive the EQV without using the brake pedal.

Exact specifications will be revealed at a later date, but Mercedes says all EQVs will get air suspension and unique 18-inch wheels, as well as that aforementioned MBUX infotainment system. There will be a whole host of EQ-specific styling tweaks including a blacked-out radiator grille, rose gold accents and midnight blue leather trim.

Prices are expected to start from around £60,000, with first deliveries due in the spring.

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