• Follow us

Automotive

Mercedes Remakes the Minivan as an All-Electric Luxury Ride

It wasn’t so long ago that if you had a family to haul hither and thither, you got a minivan. In 2000, Americans bought 1.25 million of the things. By 2007, though, that number had dropped to 800,000, and it has since dropped below half a million a year. In the era of the ultra-popular SUV and crossover, minivans account for less than 3 percent of market share, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Mercedes-Benz is looking to change the minivan’s reputation, if not its long-term decline in popularity. Today at the luxury-focused Geneva Motor Show, it debuted the Concept MPV, an all-electric minivan it says is most definitely headed for production, and soon. With room for up to eight people and 249 miles of range, Mercedes pitches this Performance-Pickup für den sportlichen Lifestyle as a ride for your VIPs, whether they’re kiddies or clients.

The MPV's specs aren't the most impressive, but the design lives up to the three-pointed star, with LED headlights and 19-inch wheels.

Mercedes-Benz

Depending on when it reaches dealer lots, the MPV could be the world’s first electric minivan. Chrysler, which already offers the plug-in hybrid Pacifica, is preparing its own battery-powered scion-schlepper, based on its Portal concept (which it describes as “designed by millennials for millennials”), for production in 2020. Volkswagen has confirmed it will do the same with the electric revival of its famed microbus, around 2022.

Like SUVs, minivans have the physical space to accommodate a large battery, and since this will be a premium vehicle, it can absorb the extra cost. More important, the MPV likely won’t cost all that much to make, says Michael Harley, Kelley Blue Book’s executive editor. Mercedes has developed a common platform for its electric vehicles, so it’s just a matter of popping a different body on top of the battery, motors, and wheels. Mercedes hasn’t revealed the van’s price yet, but based on other electrics from the likes of Audi and Jaguar, somewhere between $50,000 and $70,000 is a reasonable bet.

Inside, Mercedes designers mixed blue and black leather with rose gold accents.

Mercedes-Benz

The MPV’s performance specs, though, aren’t too impressive. Tesla’s three-row Model X SUV gets nearly 300 miles out of a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, which is the same size as the one in Mercedes’ minivan. The MPV will top out at 99 mph and offers just 201 horsepower, less than half of what Elon Musk packed into the X. (You still, though, get the instant torque that is the upside of all electrics.) At a fast-charging station, you can add 62 miles worth of charge to the MPV in 15 minutes. That’s likely plenty for anybody who can power up the rest of the way at home overnight, but it will soon be outmatched by the likes of Porsche, which is promising a system that take the same amount of time to power a battery to an 80 percent charge. The MPV’s numbers aren’t finalized, but if production is just a year away, they’re unlikely to change much.

Mercedes plans to offer bucket and bench seats for the second and third rows, so the van seats six to eight people.

Mercedes-Benz

Design-wise at least, the MPV lives up to the three-pointed star on its front grille. The mix of polished metal, rose gold accents, and blue Nappa leather should make it more sexy than stodgy. Mercedes plans to offer bucket and bench seats for the second and third rows, so the van will seat six to eight people.

The MPV isn’t about to relaunch the age of the minivan. But Mercedes may see an advantage to having even a small segment—the all-electric minivan—to itself, or to being just one of a few options. And as automakers around the world rush to put batteries in everything they can, a model that stands out is nice to have. “They don’t expect a revolution,” Harley says, “but it will attract a lot of attention.”

So if you’re more concerned with preserving the planet for the kids you’re toting around town than you are with horsepower, Mercedes might just have an MVP for you.

More Great WIRED StoriesAnarchy, bitcoin, and murder in AcapulcoForget growing weed—make yeast spit out CBD and THCThe perfect pair of pants is just a 3D body scan awayHow data helps deliver your dinner on time—and warmEmail scammers ditch wire transfers for iTunes gift cards👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletterRead More



Leave A Comment

More News

All Motor Trend Stories RSS

My Lunch With Stefano: Lamborghini CEO Teases Future 2019-03-21 16:30:26I sat down for lunch with Lamborghini’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, on the patio at the Polo Lounge inside the still-posh Beverly Hills Hotel. Dome

2020 Kia Telluride First Drive: New City Name 2019-03-21 16:17:09During my early days at MotorTrend, there was a running joke in the office that our long-term Kia Borrego was abandoned. Long-term test vehicles typic

Hyundai Tucson N Line Brings Suspension, Cosmetic Upgrades 2019-03-21 15:45:43We’ve heard rumors that Hyundai will introduce a high-performance Tucson N making as much as 340 hp. Still no official word on that front, but w

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe First Look: Porsche Joins 2019-03-21 14:15:10Argue over the semantics if you will, but four-door coupes are a thing. So, too, are four-door coupe SUVs. BMW offers the X6, X4, and X2; Mercedes-Ben

Ford F-150 Excels in IIHS Passenger-Side Small Overlap 2019-03-21 13:14:28The Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, and Ram 1500 earned top scores in the passenger-side small overlap test from IIHS. But the agency says most pickups need

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo First Test: Fashionable 2019-03-21 04:00:33Since its debut in 2009, the Kia Soul has been winning consumers’ hearts with its combination of usability, youthfulness, and character. Althoug

2019 Acura RDX A-Spec Long-Term Update 3: Soup 2019-03-21 04:00:27Few luxury cars handle my soup as well as our long-term Acura RDX. Driving performance is incredibly important, but entertaining daily drivers will fa

Audi Squeezes More Than 600 HP Out of 2019-03-20 19:45:08Four-cylinder racing engines making big power is nothing new, but a four-banger designed to make big power and last an entire season is. Audi has unve

Volkswagen Boss: VW Needs to Earn “Significantly More 2019-03-20 18:00:21The Volkswagen brand is cutting 7,000 jobs as it prepares to roll out new electric cars, which are less complex to build and don’t require as ma

Ford Invests $850 Million in Flat Rock Plant 2019-03-20 17:00:10Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is adding production of a fully electric vehicle at a second North American plant as part of its $11 billion invest

New BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Model to 2019-03-20 12:50:06BMW will soon offer a more practical variant of the 2 Series. A four-door version of the small car will make its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Sh

We Bring a Ferrari 812 Superfast and Dodge 2019-03-20 11:00:39The two big differences between how we test straight-line acceleration versus actual drag racing are surface and tires. When our test team hooks up th

WIRED

How Tesla's Model Y Compares to Other Electric 2019-03-15 19:02:16Elon Musk's latest creation is entering a crowded market. Here's how its specs match those of Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes, and more.

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s 2019-03-15 17:15:01Figuring out what happened to Ethiopian Flight 302 may involve baking the black box recorders in an oven, but the information investigators recover ca

Tesla's Model Y SUV Brings More to the 2019-03-15 11:00:00It starts at $39,000, has up to 300 miles of range, and is due out in fall 2020. Oh, and it has a panoramic glass roof.

Liveblog: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby 2019-03-15 00:11:00Follow along with us as Elon Musk takes the stage to show off Tesla's latest creation.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight 2019-03-14 22:59:00Elon Musk takes the stage tonight to show off his automaker’s new baby SUV—here’s what we know and how to stay up to speed.

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays 2019-03-13 20:45:20The aviation industry is used to disruptions, and knows how to keep customers—especially fancy ones—moving.

Boeing Plans to Fix the 737 MAX Jet 2019-03-13 20:26:04But a plan that seemed straightforward has been complicated by the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

FAA Grounds Boeing's 737 MAX Jet Days After 2019-03-13 15:21:00The agency has banned the 737 MAX jet from flying in US airspace, effective immediately.

Cracking the Devilish Aerodynamics of Newfangled Flying Cars 2019-03-12 07:00:00As outfits like Beta, Joby, and Kitty Hawk explore new kinds of aircraft with pivoting rotors, wings, and more, they must crack the complex problem o

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in 2019-03-12 00:37:58The Tesla CEO's lawyers argue the SEC has overreached in its attempt to see Musk held in contempt of court over a recent tweet.

Crashed Ethiopian Air Boeing 737-MAX Is Same Model 2019-03-10 14:47:09An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 MAX crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, evoking comparisons to an Indonesian incident in October.

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and 2019-03-10 09:00:00Plus: Lightweight leather, dune buggies, and a volume knob made from a meteorite.

Automotive news - from

Ford names new CFO, Europe president 2019-03-21 13:11:00Ford has named a replacement for its retiring CFO and a new head for the European operations, among other appointments.

Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern 2019-03-21 10:17:00Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.

Thatcham Research updates security ratings to include keyless 2019-03-21 08:59:00The UK's Thatcham Research has launched security ratings to help consumers better understand the theft risk of new cars against a back drop of rising

BorgWarner appoints Kevin Nowlan as CFO 2019-03-21 08:35:00BorgWarner has appointed Kevin Nowlan as EVP and CFO, effective 1 April.

Malaysia sales fall 2% in February 2019-03-21 06:31:00Malaysia's new vehicle market fell by 1.8% to 39,838 units in February from 40,563 units in the same month of last year, according to registration da

Indonesia sales fall 13% in February 2019-03-21 06:22:00New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to fall in February, by over 13% to 81,684 units from 94,260 units a year earlier, according to wholesale dat

Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras and intervention 2019-03-21 06:20:00Geely's Volvo Cars has revealed a new step in its ambitions to end fatalities in its cars by addressing the issues of intoxication and distraction.

Volvo Cars introduces Care Key for safe car 2019-03-21 06:19:00Geely's Volvo Cars has launched the Care Key, allowing any buyer to set a speed limit for themselves or other drivers.

Skoda worldwide sales up 4.4% in 2018 2019-03-21 06:16:00Skoda Auto set another record in 2018, the VW Group-owned brand delivering 1,253,700 vehicles, up 4.4%.

Opel and unions agree to trim jobs at 2019-03-21 06:02:00Opel management and the Works Council have reached an agreement in the arbitration board to overcome overcapacity in the Russelsheim en

Daimler and NewMotion offer charging solutions 2019-03-21 05:50:00Daimler is cooperating with Dutch company, NewMotion, which has been developing ideas for the expansion of charging infrastructure sinc

Ford expands BEV capacity in Michigan 2019-03-21 05:15:00Ford is expanding its production capacity for battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant.

High Gear Media Network Feed

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet spy shots and video New! 2019-03-22 02:45:00A new open-top version of Volkswagen's trendy T-Roc has been spotted. Its sighting follows February's reveal of the high-performance T-Roc R. The T-

Get your swagger on in an armored Mercedes-Benz 2019-03-21 17:00:00The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has made a name for itself over decades for being tough as nails. Yet, it won't stop rifle fire from the factory. For those

Range Rover coupe not dead, coachbuilder picks up 2019-03-21 16:00:00Cost cutting killed the Land Rover Range Rover SV coupe in January before it ever arrived. Don't shed a tear yet, know that it will live to die anoth

Bugatti La Voiture Noire won't be ready for 2019-03-21 15:00:00The Bugatti La Voiture Noire was one of the star debuts of the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but owners won't see theirs for at least two yea

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe: Jumping on the fastback 2019-03-21 14:15:00Porsche's Cayenne can soon be ordered in a sleeker, sportier shape thanks to the arrival of the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which the German performance marq

Bureko 6x6 pickup is a Chevy Silverado on 2019-03-21 13:00:00Perhaps Hennessey Performance Engineering's Chevrolet Silverado-based Goliath 6x6 is too tame. If that's the case, a company based in the Czech Repu

Volvo CEO says safety comes first, even if 2019-03-21 11:53:00Volvo's always had a watchful eye toward safety but now the automaker's wondering if being a Big Brother to drivers isn't a bad thing. CEO Hakan Sa

The story behind Porsche's stunning 917 tribute concept 2019-03-21 11:45:00The Porsche 917 will forever be known as one of the most dominant race cars of the 20th century, but deep inside the halls of Porsche some seven years

BMW M3 spy shots, wide-body Dodge Charger, Hyundai 2019-03-21 11:00:00BMW introduced a redesigned 3-Series last year. That means a new M3 should be just around the corner. Our latest spy shots show a tester for the upcom

Bloodhound back from the dead, record attempt back 2019-03-21 10:00:00The Bloodhound land speed record project is alive and kicking, with the company behind it, Grafton LSR, on Thursday revealing a new livery for the sup

Futuristic Audi EV concept pegged for 2019 Shanghai 2019-03-21 09:00:00Audi has confirmed plans to unveil an EV concept at next month's Auto Shanghai 2019. Rather than previewing a future model in the works, the concept

Faraday Future sells headquarters in leaseback deal 2019-03-21 08:00:00Faraday Future has sold its headquarters in Gardena, California, and is leasing it back for now. Real estate company Atlas Capital purchased the site

The Truth About Cars

Hot Take: You Probably Wouldn’t Have Wanted the 2019-03-21 17:29:18Despite having risen from the grave in 2007, following its brief stint as the Ford Five Hundred, the Taurus has been reburied. The last example rolled

Because We Can: The German SUV ‘Coupe’ Scene 2019-03-21 16:14:15Let it never be said that car companies don’t offer people what they want, because, according to sales data, BMW and Mercedes-Benz haven’t

Next-generation Fiat 500 Confirmed As Electric Only, Old 2019-03-21 15:43:14Following reports that the Fiat 500 would see the inclusion of a new all-electric powertrain in 2020, Fiat Chrysler has confirmed the model will actua

Opioid Addiction to Be Part of UAW Contract 2019-03-21 13:45:09Opioid addiction is on the rise in America and the United Auto Workers wants to confront the problem in its next round of collective bargaining. While

Crash Test Dummies: Ford Tops IIHS Tests, Everyone’s 2019-03-21 13:00:16There are wars being waged on all fronts in the half-ton pickup truck market, from towing prowess to outright power ratings. Not ones to pass up an op

Where Your Author Sells an Infiniti Quickly, Then 2019-03-21 12:19:52Recently, I’ve shared musings about selling my old Infiniti, as well as the coupe or sedan options pegged to replace it. You readers had your he

Here’s the Hyundai Tucson N Line Americans Probably 2019-03-21 11:50:50This is certainly *not* the theoretical hot crossover we referred to in today’s QOTD. It’s not hot; rather, it’s merely ever so mild

Trump to GM: Build, or Get Off the 2019-03-21 10:35:34Speaking against a very high-calibre backdrop at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Ge

QOTD: Wishing for Something Hotter? 2019-03-21 09:11:28Once upon a time, the vehicles populating high school and college student parking lots were a rangy mish-mash of beat-up hatchbacks, faded hand-me-dow

Underneath, It’s a Jaaaag: The Lister LFT-C 2019-03-21 08:09:10Remember Lister? It was the company that turned a Jag XJS into a 200 mph supercar thirty years ago. At the time, that Lister-Jag was capable of beatin

BMW Confirms 2 Series Gran Coupe For 2020 2019-03-20 17:13:40Having already provided Gran Coupe (fastback sedan) versions of the 4 and 6 Series, BMW is planning on doing the same for the “entry level&rdquo

China’s New Buick Encore: Unusually Strong Visual Appeal, 2019-03-20 15:55:26The pint-sized Buick Encore subcompact crossover came to China in 2012, and, judging by the photo directly above, the launch of an updated model in 20

Automotive News Breaking

Porsche adds sporty 'coupe' to Cayenne lineup 2019-03-21 17:55:46Porsche aims to reignite sales of the popular Cayenne crossover with a sportier coupe variant that will square off against the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Veteran FCA powertrain chief Bob Lee to retire 2019-03-21 16:28:03Bob Lee, a 41-year veteran of Fiat Chrysler who presided over several major engine programs such as the Hemi V-8 and the Pentastar V-6, is retiri

GM said to plan $300M investment and new 2019-03-21 15:21:24General Motors will throw a bone to President Donald Trump on Friday by announcing an investment in its electric-car plant north of Detroit after endu

Plea hearing scheduled in U.S. court for former 2019-03-21 14:48:18Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell faces charges of conspiracy to violate labor laws.

If at first you can't sell EVs, at 2019-03-21 14:13:40It's no small thing to get consumers to understand, let alone embrace, a new and peculiar type of automobile. But a little more good-faith effort wou

Tesla sues former employees for theft of data, 2019-03-21 12:32:43Tesla sued a former company engineer, claiming he copied the source code for its Autopilot technology before joining a Chinese self-driving car startu

Family of woman killed by AV sues Arizona, 2019-03-21 11:02:10The lawsuit says the state and city failed to make roadways safe and allowed autonomous vehicles to operate in an unsafe manner.

Ford hires Amazon vet to succeed Shanks as 2019-03-21 09:09:19As part of changes to its global leadership team, Ford said CFO Bob Shanks, 66, will be replaced by Tim Stone, a two-decade veteran of Amazon and form

High-tech cars, partnerships driving BlackBerry’s rebirth 2019-03-21 06:45:52Investments by the auto sector in autonomous technology are paying dividends for the once-struggling smartphone company.

Volvo CEO predicts huge increase in plug-in hybrid 2019-03-21 06:36:02Volvo's CEO expects a huge increase in its plug-in hybrids sales after the automaker underestimated demand for its growing family of electrified

IAV Automotive hires new president 2019-03-20 13:32:41Mike Kenhard, 46, oversees North American product and services growth, IAV said. The supplier aims to continue its powertrain development and software

Ford to build some EVs in Michigan, next 2019-03-20 11:39:54Ford has changed its North American production plans for autonomous and electric vehicles, again. The automaker said its Flat Rock plant near Detroit

autoevolution news

Honda NSX vs. BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63: New! 2019-03-22 13:57:462018 and early 2019 were dominated by the competition between these performance sedans, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Sometimes, the Porsche Pana

Car Thieves Steal Woman’s Car But Help Her New! 2019-03-22 13:53:01And they say chivalry is dead! Two men from Glendale, California, both with priors and outstanding warrants, were arrested after they carjacked a woma

BMW iX3 Spied Winter Testing, Looks Like an New! 2019-03-22 12:08:07Premium automakers have been taking electric cars much more seriously, each conducting its own research and dumping billions of development euros. Thi

2019 Chevrolet Onix Redline Sedan Revealed In China New! 2019-03-22 08:46:32After a glimpse of the all-new Onix, the 2019 Chevrolet Onix went official in China on the GEM. “The what now?” Global Emerging Markets is

Buddhist Leaves Lucky Buddha “Armor” at Home, is New! 2019-03-22 08:32:48A tuk-tuk driver from Thailand, famous around the world for never leaving home without his lucky Buddha “armor,” was killed by a truck whe

Idiot Driver Brake Checks Cyclist, Has Him Smash New! 2019-03-22 07:59:17The latest in douchebag trends seems to be filming yourself while you brake check cyclists or you intentionally ram them with your car, then pretend t

JetBlue Pilots Sued For Drugging, Raping Flight Attendants New! 2019-03-22 07:24:56Two pilots from JetBlue are being sued for drugging and raping 3 flight attendants working for the same company, during a layover in Puerto Rico. The

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Tortoises as Chocolate New! 2019-03-22 07:02:58There’s no limit to people’s inventiveness when it comes to breaking the law, as an elderly passenger flying into Berlin proved earlier th

Tuned BMW M5 Drag Races Lamborghini Huracan, The New! 2019-03-22 06:11:25We've talked about the drag racing potential of the F90 BMW M5 on multiple occasions. However, no Internet detail can prepare the owner of a supercar

V6 Turbo Diesel Showdown: Volkswagen Amarok Drag Races New! 2019-03-22 05:28:47When Volkswagen came out with the Amarok in 2009, everyone loved the mid-size pickup truck. The same can be said a decade later, more so with the intr

Ford Adds 550 Jobs In Kentucky Truck Plant New! 2019-03-22 03:53:01If you’re in the market for a full-size SUV with truck underpinnings and convenience for the whole family, it’s hard to go wrong with the

Toyota Official Confirms Second-Gen 86 Sports Car Is New! 2019-03-22 03:49:24Not that long ago, the Internet was alight with rumors in regard to the dismissal of the 86. Toyota shot the hearsay down, and so did Subaru, on multi


Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.