The all-new Mercedes – Benz EQC is based on the fully electric concept of Generation EQ unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the final production version was revealed in Sweden on September 4, 2018. Putting together its high-class design and latest technologies Mercedes –Benz has produced a fully electric SUV masterpiece.
Mercedes-Benz intends to design and manufacture ten EQ models by 2022, all of which will be based on a single platform developed specifically for electric drive trains, and which can be configured for any type of vehicle owing to modularization. Three models will have the Smart brand.
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG, stated that the new brand will consist of all Mercedes-Benz “electrification efforts”, with a goal of having it represent between 15% and 25% of global sales for the company by 2025, dependent on “the continued development of infrastructure and customer preferences”. Jurgen Schenk, a director of Daimler who will oversee the development of the electric vehicle program, stated that the company expects energy density improvements to battery technology to be about 14% per year until 2025, equivalent to improvements seen between 2010 and 2016.
To meet production targets, Daimler AG intends to invest €1 billion for capital expansion projects of its global battery production, half of which will be dedicated to its Deutsche ACCU motive subsidiary lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in Kamenz, Germany. This is part of the company’s investment of up to €10 billion for the design and development of electric vehicles.
Mercedes – Benz EQC- Exterior
Based on a GLC design and futuristic modifications this SUV looks utterly eye-catchy. Starting from its Head Lamps to the sleekly designed brake lights, it looks clean and smooth. It comes with DRL front light and LED Lamps in the front and LED fitted brake lights. The EQC shares the same wheelbase dimensions with the GLC (113.1 in) and 19 inches alloy wheels. It has a trunk capacity of 500 litres.
No doubt that Mercedes has done an exceptional job in creating its first fully electric SUV as well as keeping its landmark SUV GLC’s fell in it.
Mercedes-Benz EQC – Interior
As we know Mercedes – Benz is highly reputed in providing one of the most premium interiors in the car industry. The EQC is packed with 10.25 inches interior display for the instrument cluster and infotainment system which has Mercedes – Benz User Experience (MBUX) system featured with voice-controlled smart assistance that can be activated by saying “Hey Mercedes”. It also displays charging information and energy consumption statistics. The navigation system can also suggest routes that include charging stations depending on the charge remaining in the battery. It has a rearview camera and proximity sensors that prevents the driver from driving into obstacles. The EQC looks like a well-appointed SUV, as one would expect from a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The base model comes with a sunroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Burmester sound system, power liftgate, rear side-window sunshades, rain-sensing wipers, heated seats, rear air suspension, as well as safety features like active brake assist autonomous emergency braking and LED headlights with active high beam assist.
Mercedes-Benz EQC – Motor
Mercedes-Benz has been continuously working on producing long-range and sustainable electric mobility concept since The Mercedes -Benz EQC is powered by 2 asynchronous electric motors, fitted on the front and rear axles and can produce 402hp and 720 Nm of torque that help this 2425kg SUV to reach 180 km/h mark and it is electronically limited. The power source for this massive SUV is an 80 kWh battery pack which has a modular design and consists of 384 lithium-ion cells. With really fast charging ability, it can be charged from 10 to 80 % in just 40 minutes, via a DC fast charger. The steering wheel paddles shifters allow the driver for selection of varying levels of brake energy regeneration. The EQC has a range of 354km when fully charged to 100 %.
Mercedes-Benz EQC – Specifications
The EQC falls in the class of compact luxury SUV and has 5 door SUV body style based on the X253 GLC-class. It’s a dual-motor all-wheel-drive car powered by 2 asynchronous electric motors. A single-speed fixed-ratio transmission with a range of 354km. The power source for its massive 402 horse power and 765 Nm of torque is an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack consisting of 354 lithium-ion cells. The battery can be charged with a 7.4 kW AC / 110 kWh DC source with a plug-in charger. The EQC is 4.76m long and 1.88m wide with a height of 1.62m and weighs 2425kg. It can reach to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds and is electronically limited to 180km/h
- Length – 187.4 “
- Body width – 74.2 “
- Body height – 63.9 “
- Wheelbase – 113.1 “
- Ground clearance – 5.1 “
- Curb – 5346 lbs.
- Gross weight – 6481 lbs.
- Base engine type – Electric Motors
- Horsepower – 402 horse power
- Torque – 765 Nm
- Payload – 981 lbs.
- Drive type – four-wheel
- Turning radius – 22.0 ”
- Battery capacity – 80kWh
- EPA range estimates – 354km
- Suspension – Independent with Selective Damping
- Head room(front/2nd row) – 87”/81.6”
Mercedes-Benz EQC – Release date and Price Range
Mercedes-Benz has finally announced a starting price for its first long-range electric vehicle, the EQC SUV: $67,900. The new SUV, which was announced more than a year ago, arrives in the United States in early 2020.
That price announced at the 2019 LA Auto Show, puts the base model EQC in a competitive spot as far as the cost of premium electric SUVs is concerned. The competitors Jaguar I-Pace starts at $69,500, while the Audi E-Tron’s price floor is $74,800. The Tesla Model X starts at $84,990.
Above the base model, Mercedes-Benz is also selling a “premium” trim version of the EQC that starts at $72,270, and an “advanced” trim that starts at $76,620. The Premium trim adds things like a wireless charging pad and a 360-degree camera setup, while the advanced includes leather seats, rose gold stitching, and Mercedes-Benz’s full driver assistance package. Each trim comes with a few select paint and interior options as well.