Mercedes-Benz has commenced testing of its new EVA platform-based fully-electric vehicle, here seen clothed in the GLC’s exterior. Tentatively dubbed the EQ C (EQ is the sub-brand for Mercedes’ fully electric range), the Stuttgart manufacturer’s new EV line will give rise to different models and therefore sizes, thanks to the scalable nature of the EVA platform.

The EQ sub-brand is to Mercedes-Benz what i is to BMW, an avenue for the manufacturer to showcase a heavy push into electrification that is distinct from its mainstream product line-ups. As hinted at by the Generation EQ concept, the first of the fully-electric models by Mercedes-Benz will be similar to the GLC in form and approximate size, if not in detail.

More test prototypes are expected to turn up during the course of this year, including examples sporting full, representative bodywork in the latter half of 2017. As a guide, the Generation EQ concept boasts an all-wheel drive powertrain producing 402 hp and 700 Nm of torque, propelling the concept vehicle to 100 km/h in under five seconds, with an estimated battery range of 500 km.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept