Luxurious EV is based on the V-Class
Last year, Mercedes revealed the EQC 400, the first car it plans to sell under its all-electric EQ sub-brand. As we found on our first drive, it’s quick, quiet, and every bit a Mercedes. So what’s next for EQ? Apparently, it’s an electric, lightly face-lifted V-Class called the EQV.
Technically, the van coming to Geneva is a concept, but Mercedes says we’ll see the production version in September at the Frankfurt motor show. So while a few things may change between now and then, what you see here should go on sale sometime next year.
A 201-hp motor powers the front wheels with the help of a fixed-ratio transmission. And despite the EQV’s size, Mercedes promises a 249-mile range thanks to a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack. On a fast-charger, it’s said to restore 62 miles of range in about 15 minutes. Mercedes’ range estimate for the EQV is identical to that of the EQC, so we can assume it’s also based on Europe’s WLTP standard, which means we can expect slightly less range in EPA testing.
But while you might assume Mercedes intends for the EQV to be used as a work van, one look at the cabin shows that’s not the case. It’s a true luxury van that will be available with seating for six, seven, or eight passengers. If you’ve seen the inside of the V-Class, Europe’s substantially fancier version of our Metris, you’ve basically seen the EQV. This version is just covered in blue and black leather with gold contrast stitching.
Interestingly, the center console appears to still feature the V-Class’ auto start/stop button, which is a little odd considering the EQV is fully electric and has no engine to start or stop. Perhaps we can get an explanation after the EQV is officially revealed this week.