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Mercedes-Benz Cars on the eve of Auto Shanghai 2019 : SUVs – from electric drive to aerodynamic champion

Apr 15, 2019

Shanghai. On the eve of the 18th Auto Shanghai, journalists were treated to an exclusive preview of the Mercedes-Benz show highlights that lie ahead. The brand with the three-pointed star presented no fewer than three SUVs: the Concept GLB, the battery-powered EQC (electricity consumption combined: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)[i] and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. With the EQB, Mercedes-Benz announces an all-electric compact SUV that will be available in China from 2021.

The Concept GLB is an SUV idea based on the Mercedes-Benz compact car platform. The questions behind it are: Is there space within the successful Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up between the GLA and the GLC? And if so, what would such a vehicle look like? In response, Mercedes-Benz has developed a concept vehicle focused on space and sturdiness. It offers room for seven and also enjoys a natural habitat off-road on rough tracks. New in the Mercedes-Benz compact segment is a third row with two additional individual seats that can retract flush with the load floor to increase luggage space. The vehicle’s exceptional sturdiness is evident in an array of distinctive extras. Rising from the roof frame at the front and rear, for instance, are a total of four scoops housing LED spotlights, there to provide all-round illumination and aid orientation when driving off-road.

“The Concept GLB combines the advantages of multiple worlds: it is a genuine seven-seater, a genuine SUV – and is built on a compact platform. We are convinced that this vehicle format will inspire many customers in China and all over the world,” says Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “ We will therefore present the series version of the GLB this summer.” 

Mercedes-Benz EQC celebrates market premiere in China

The brand with the three-pointed star is presenting the Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles, the EQC, for the first time in China. Its powerful proportions clearly define the EQC as a crossover SUV. The elongated roofline and the greenhouse with its low waistline and coupé-like roof, dropping towards the rear position it visually between an SUV and an SUV coupé. With its seamless, clean design and hallmark colour accents, it is the harbinger of an avant-garde electro-aesthetic, while at the same time representing the design language of progressive luxury. In terms of quality, safety and comfort, the EQC guarantees the accustomed quality of Mercedes-Benz that comes with a compelling package of characteristics. Added to that is outstanding performance thanks to two electric motors front and rear with a combined output of 300 kW. An intelligent operating strategy delivers an electric range of more than 445 km (NEDC)i. With Mercedes me, EQ offers a comprehensive range of services that make electric mobility convenient and practical for everyday use.

“China is the biggest NEV market in the world. We are convinced that continued and future success in China will only be possible with the right range of new energy vehicles,” says Hubertus Troska, Member of the Management Board of Daimler AG responsible for China activities. “The combination of three talents makes the EQC 100 percent Mercedes: Its fascinating design, its tremendous functionality and convenience, and its outstanding safety and comfort.”

Market premiere for the GLE, the Mercedes-Benz SUV bestseller

In another China first, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the latest iteration of its trendsetting GLE SUV. More than two million customers have already opted for the premium SUV from the brand with the three-pointed star. The new GLE is set to continue this success story with a new operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems, a new range of engines and considerably more room. The exterior design of the new Mercedes-Benz GLE exudes not only great power and presence, it also sets a new aerodynamic best-in-class for the SUV segment with a cd of 0.29. The optional E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL, which is paired with the redeveloped AIRMATIC air suspension, offers even more ride comfort and agility as well as completely new functions such as the recovery mode. It is the only system on the market that permits individual control of spring and damper forces at each wheel thus countering not only body roll but also pitch and lift movements.

 “The success of the GLE motivated us to make the new GLE even better. This SUV is a real eye-catcher: Its muscular proportions exude modern luxury and power. To make your journey as comfortable and as safe as possible, the new GLE is a true gentleman - always ready to help with its many assistance systems,” says Ola Källenius, Member of the Management Board of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Mercedes-Benz founded the premium SUV segment in 1997 with the launch of the M-Class. Today, the brand with the three-pointed star is exceptionally successful in this segment with no fewer than seven models – GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS, G-Class. Worldwide, more than six million customers have chosen a Mercedes-Benz SUV to date. SUVs now account for more than a third of total Mercedes-Benz sales. 

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[i] Electric energy consumption and range have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electric energy consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration.