It's been two years since the union between Mercedes-Benz and BYD, and now the first fruits of that labor are about to be unveiled. The joint venture will sell a line of electric vehicles under the Denza brand name, starting with the E6 built on the platform from the first-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a preview of which is shown above in a a Chinese patent filing.

Mercedes is said to be handling design and chassis duties, while BYD is developing the lithium-ion phosphate cells and driveline that will occupy the sandwich floor. Prototypes have been running since last April, at least 40 of which have racked up nearly two million miles as taxis. Range is said to be up to 186 miles, and we should get a first look at the real thing at next month's Beijing Auto Show.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      mr chill
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Nissan, BYD, and Daimler join forces, both Nissan and BYD are going to get raped.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "a preview of which is shown above in a a Chinese patent filing." Chinese Patent!?!? HaaaaaaHaaaaHaaaaa! LOL!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chinese don't need help from M-B to design something this bland... they are more than fine doing that all on their own.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BYD should branching out into the coffin business while they're at it. Maybe tombstones too. That way they get you at all stages of the product ownership.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BYD = Bungle Your Daimler
      Mike Kilpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow Chrysler and a chinese company- can you feel the quality?
        Morry Morgan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Kilpatrick
        Daimler sold Chrysler before the Global Financial Crisis. The German's know their lemons when they see 'em
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this idea of Chinese patent :)
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