The EQC will be the first of a new generation of Mercedes EVs aimed at challenging Tesla's dominance of the premium EV market. The SUV has a power capacity of 80 kilowatt hours (kWh), helping to give it a driving range of more than 400 km based on the WLTP test cycle. The EQC is underpinned by Daimler's new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). The automaker plans to launch at least 10 full-electric cars under the Mercedes and Smart brands by 2022.
The B class moves to a new, lighter platform and gets a more balanced design. The A-class sedan premiered as a long-wheelbase version at the Beijing auto show in April. The Paris car will be a short-wheelbase European variant.
The redesigned GLE is moving to Mercedes' Modular High Architecture. It has a new suspension system powered partly by a 48-volt battery. It is the only system on the market where the spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel, the automaker claims, helping to counter body roll, pitch and squat.
Mercedes will also premier its new entry-level model from its AMG performance subbrand, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC. Based on the latest A class, it is powered by a newly developed 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 306 hp. It will be a rival to the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R.
Peugeot's E-Legend concept showcases future autonomous technologies and a full-electric drivetrain while evoking the 504 Coupe styled by Pininfarina that debuted in 1969. The car offers four modes of driving – two autonomous and two manual – which can be selected depending on the road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver's preference. In the autonomous modes, the steering wheel retracts. The front seats recline for extra comfort and side armrests deploy automatically. Peugeot has no plans to produce the E-Legend, but the company says its styling and technology offer a glimpse into the future whilst retaining Peugeot's style and heritage.
Renault will show a robo-vehicle concept, the third in a trilogy of concept vehicles this year that explore the possibilities of autonomous, electric and shared mobility services. The Paris debut follows the EZ-GO robotaxi displayed at the Geneva show in March and the EZ-PRO delivery vehicle revealed at this year's IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.
The Tarraco expands Seat's SUV lineup to three, joining the Ateca compact and Arona subcompact SUVs as the largest of the trio. It will come with five or seven seats and uses parent Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A long-wheelbase architecture that also underpins the VW Tiguan Allspace. The Tarraco is 35mm longer than the Tiguan Allspace, making it one of the compact SUV/crossover segment's largest models.