According to a recent report, Mercedes is preparing to launch a new ELC crossover in late 2018.

According to a recent report, Mercedes is preparing to launch a new ELC crossover in late 2018.

Autobild is reporting the model will be based on the GLC but feature unique styling that puts an emphasis on aerodynamics.  The styling changes are expected to be pretty dramatic as the publication is reporting only the roof and windows will be shared with the standard model.

Specifications remain unconfirmed but Autobild is reporting the model will have a flat battery that is mounted to the floor and at least two electric motors.  This setup will reportedly enable the crossover to produce up to 536 hp (400 kW) and have a range in excess of 248 miles (400 km).  The crossover is also rumored to have a wireless recharging system but there's no word on how long it will take to replenish the batteries.

The ELC is designed to compete with the Audi Q6 e-tron and pricing will reportedly start at less than $54,600 (€50,000).

If the numbers pan out, the Mercedes ELC could have some tough competition as the Q6 e-tron is rumored to produce approximately 500 hp (372 kW) and have a range in excess of 310 miles (499 km).

Source: Autobild

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