Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board, Daimler AG stated that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have any serious plans to enter the all electric crossover market in the near future. Commenting on the soon to be launched Tesla Model X he said that the company is too small for Mercedes-Benz to consider it as a competitor, according to a report by Autovisie.
With closer rivals like Audi planning an all-electric version of its Q6 e-tron to debut in 2018, which is quite some time away and details about an all-electric offering from BMW just limited to speculation Daimler has chosen to view the market closely for now.
The German automaker may announce plans of an all electric crossover if vehicles from manufacturers like BMW and Audi perform well in the new market. Mr Zetsche went on to add that Mercedes-Benz finds the idea of an electric version of a crossover attractive and a decision will be made about offering a similar vehicle depending on what will be best for the brand in the future.
The Tesla Model X is slated to arrive in early 2016 and claimed by the California-based electric carmaker to be the fastest accelerating SUV achieving a 0-100kmph in 3.2 or 3.3 seconds with its ‘Ludicrous’ mode. The driving range is expected to be similar to the Tesla Model S sedan with the SUV featuring an upgraded battery pack.
[Source – Autovisie]