Mercedes-Benz all-electric EQC SUV revealed
Mercedes-Benz's new all-electric SUV has arrived: this is the EQC. It’s the first production Mercedes-Benz model to wear the brand’s new EQ model designation for EVs. It is likely to take on similar offerings from Jaguar, Audi and BMW.
This all-electric SUV uses two electric motors – one for the front wheels and one for the back and boasts the equivalent of 408hp – enough to fire it silently from 0-100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds. Effectively a 4Matic (all-wheel drive) model planting a massive 765 Nm to all four wheels and capable of towing up to 1,800 kilograms.
Mercedes claims you should be able to get up to 450 kilometres from a charge. And you will be able to plug your EQC into a standard plug as well as into a more powerful DC charger that will be able to return a battery with 10 percent charge to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.
The Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system has been updated for the new EQ range, with pre-conditioning functionality and navigation that has been optimised to plan routes that include charging stations. The linguatronic voice activation system understands regular speech and all you have to do is start your commands with the phrase ‘hey Mercedes’. A benefit of the EQC’s electric powertrain is that it allows for pre-entry climate control, so you can heat the interior remotely or on a timer, meaning on cold days there’s no need to have to worry about deicing the car. Equally, in sweltering summers, you can cool the cabin before you get into it.
The EQC offers five driving modes including Max Range, which can assist you to drive the car as economically as possible. Haptic sensors tells the driver when to take their foot off the accelerator pedal to help improve its range.
Mercedes has indicated that the EQC comes with a 500-litre boot making it quite a practical everyday family car. There’s the usual suite of active safety equipment available, too.
The production for the EQC is well on its way with an official launch anticipated as soon as early 2019.
Luxury Motor Press thinks:
Mercedes-Benz have a serious contender setting the tone for (mainstream)electric mobility with the EQ C SUV. It will be interesting to see the pace of infrastructure updation to accommodate for such technology and more importantly, human acceptance and adaptability.