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Spied: Mercedes' EQ C electric crossover

The EQ C will launch Mercedes\' new electric sub-brand.

Mercedes-Benz's upcoming electric crossover has been spotted undergoing shakedown testing in the frigid temperatures of northern Sweden. The vehicle spotted today is just the first of many electric vehicles planned by the luxury automaker.

Known as the EQ C, this small crossover will be the first in a series of new electric vehicles launched under Mercedes' new EQ sub-brand. As you might have guessed by its name, the EQ C will be about the same size as today's GLC crossover. Mercedes is planning several new models to be positioned both above and below the EQ C.

Though still covered in camouflage, it's clear that the production EQ C will take most of its styling inspiration from he Generation EQ concept that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Things like an illuminated grille, side-view cameras and concealed door handles appear to have been eschewed for production viability, but the overall form remains.

The EQ C will ride on a new modular architecture designed specifically for EVs known as EVA. That platform will be capable of containing an 885 pound battery and will also accommodate single- or dual-motor setups. Final performance figures for the EQ C are far from finalized, but the Generation EQ concept had a dual-motor setup with 402 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes claimed the concept could accelerate from 0-60 in around 5 seconds and cover more than 300 miles on a single charge.

It's possible we could see the EQ C in Mercedes showrooms by 2020. The small crossover won't come cheap, however, with the EQ C reportedly coming to market with a $100,000 price tag. Despite that six-figure MSRP, Mercedes is hoping to sell 20,000 units per year.

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