The new all-electric Mercedes EQC, which certifies the automaker’s commitment to zero-emission vehicles, promises performance, quality and comfort. The new SUV is the first of a series of all-electric Mercedes and Smart models that will arrive by the end of 2022.
Mercedes, which has invested 10 billion euros in this initiative, is working on a new all-electric platform that will serve as the structure for all EQ cars in the future. Meanwhile, the EQC, a modified version of the GLC platform, resembles the Audi e-Tron in its determination to offer a luxury, long-range electric SUV.
The EQC, which houses an 80kWh battery, features two electric motors – one which drives the front axle, and another which drives the rear. The SUV has 403bhp of total system power, with 760Nm of torque. The EQC also features the same dual-display infotainment and digital dial setup used in the automaker’s latest MBUX infotainment system, as well as the center console and switchgear seen in the latest GLC.
The cabin includes new vents, copper accents, and an extensive panel of lines that run from the doors to the back of the dashboard. The EQC also has 500 liters of cargo space, providing enough room for a family outing.
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The Mercedes EQC, which is remarkably quiet with little road noise and motor whine, handles bumps and potholes with ease. As for real-world range, the SUV has a range of between 232 and 259 miles on a single charge with 2.8 mi/kWh, allowing it to compete well with its direct rivals, like the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace.
In addition, the EQC has a Maximum Range mode that allows the navigation system and on-board cameras to visualize the road ahead and offer assistance to maximize the 80kWh battery pack. In terms of charging, the EQC has a 10 to 80 per cent recharge time of 40 minutes at a 110kW charger.
In the UK, a year’s subscription to the IONTY network of 350kW chargers is included with all versions. The SUV also comes with a CCS-2 connector and a type 2 charging cable for 7kW wall box and public charging stations. The BP Chargemaster charging network, which is a Mercedes UK partner, provides installation of a 7kW home wall box for £854 from launch.