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The new electric vehicle line of Mercedes-Benz is going to rival Tesla and a range of other manufacturers that released increased range EVs at the Paris Motor Show today.

The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept rides on a new dedicated platform for electric cars that will eventually underpin multiple models. The automaker has already cooked up a new modular platform called MEB, specifically for an upcoming electric lineup, which will be used as a base for everything from VW's compacts to the largest Audis. And, this auto, which is destined for production alongside the next-generation Golf in just four years' time, could well help in reversing its brand image in North America.

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Mercedes finally unveiled the Generation EQ concept, a SUV coupe study that previews a new family of electric vehicles under the new EQ brand. EQ combines a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations. At the event, Daimler revealed the Mercedes-Benz's concept electric SUV. The I.D. stands for this new era of all-electric vehicles, for a new automotive era: "electrical, connected and autonomously driving". The architecture is scalable in terms of battery size, wheelbase and track width, accommodating a broad range of vehicle types from SUVs to small cars and convertibles.

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The catch: It won't go on sale until 2020, and there's no telling how much competitors' electric cars will have improved by then. As expected, those motors put out a monster amount of torque: 516 pound-feet of it. 62 miles per hour comes in less than five seconds, and the range is 310 miles - provided you can keep your right foot light on the pedal. And previously this year, the company got more concrete about those plans, forecasting that 20 to 25 percent of its sales in 2025 would be electric cars. Stand-alone models and a separate nameplate will give Mercedes's electric vehicles more visibility to better compete with Tesla, in which Daimler was an early investor.

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"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", Wagener explained. "And at the same time, we will progress with alternative technologies".