Mercedes-Benz Brings The Fight To Tesla With All-Electric SUV Concept

At this week’s Paris Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz will give us a futuristic glimpse into its range of Tesla-fighting models with an all-electric crossover concept.

To prepare us for the world premiere, the Germans dropped the first teaser of the as-of-yet unnamed study through a short video that highlights some of the crossover’s exterior and interior cues.

Mercedes recently said that the Paris show car embodies “a concrete vision of a totally new generation of vehicles with battery-electric drive” without getting into any other details.

The concept, which is believed to make use of the aerodynamic features shown in last year’s Concept Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA), will lead to a production model with an electric range of around 500 km or over 300 miles, with a planned introduction in 2019. The zero-emissions SUV has been conceived to take on the Tesla Model X, as well as the forthcoming electric crossovers from Audi and Jaguar.

It will be the first in a series of dedicated, pure-electric vehicles currently under development by Mercedes and which will include a luxury sedan to rival the Tesla Model S.

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