The “Generation EQ” it unveiled is a sporty SUV design by Mercedes-Benz, which is reminiscent of the Tesla Model X in its lines and overall look. The concept car sits atop a 70-kWh battery pack and its two electric motors produce up to 402 hp of power and 516 lb-ft of torque, good enough for hit 62 mph from a dead stop in less than five seconds. Even with that much performance potential from hosting an electric motor on each axle, Benz says the car is capable of eking out around 311 of range from a single full charge.”Generation EQ is hot and cool,” Daimler design boss Gorden Wagener claimed. Inside, the Generation EQ takes full advantage of the HERE digital mapping Daimler owns (along with Audi and BMW), to push the production car across the line from driver assistance systems to fully piloted driving. Besides being detailed enough to know the exact radii of every turnpike, intersection and bend it might ever face, the mapping also lets Benz put a new 3D digital interface onto the car’s 24-inch TFT high-definition display screen. The system highlights the buildings that are helpful to navigation, but fades the rest to avoid confusion, while the Generation EQ also takes on board car-to-X data from other cars, buildings and infrastructure to keep itself out of trouble “Its fascination lies in a reinterpretation of our design philosophy of sensual purity, the aim being to create an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive electro-look.” The first EQ production vehicle will be a road-ready version of the Paris concept car. Mercedes-Benz insiders insist the car’s running gear is far closer to production-ready than is typical for one of their concept cars, right down to its chassis layout, which combines steel, aluminum, and carbon-fiber. Every major piece of the Generation EQ’s production engineering will be scalable, allowing Daimler to effectively deliver CLA-sized cars and a silent, parallel S-Class off the same engineering scheme.