Der neue Mercedes-Benz EQC - der erste Mercedes-Benz der Produkt- und Technologiemarke EQ // The new Mercedes-Benz EQC - the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ
Headline figures are impressive, if still overshadowed by those of top-specification Teslas. It’ll produce 402bhp, reach 100kph in 5.1sec, and has a NEDC range of 449 kilometres (it must be noted this is not on the new WLTP regulations, so will likely be lower in real-life scenarios).
Mercedes-Benz isn’t alone in launching a premium EV SUV. Tesla has been in this space with its Model X for a while now, and Jaguar’s I-Pace has proved to be an impressive, if not perfect example, but this is the first time that one of the really big players has shown its hand with a bespoke, blank-page electric car, built in its own factory and with its own batteries.
Like most other premium electric vehicles of this type, the EQC will have two electric motors – one mounted on each axle. This gives the EQC all-wheel drive, as well as active torque vectoring between the axles and individual wheels. The aforementioned 402bhp is supplemented with a stout 564lb ft of torque, available from zero rpm. This is an identical power figure to the incoming Audi e-Tron and 7bhp more than a Jaguar I-Pace.
Size-wise, the EQC is closest to the mid-sized GLC, being much the same width, a touch longer, but also slightly lower. Interior space is also similar, seating five. Despite the electric drivetrain and the added weight of its 80kWh battery pack (itself 650kg), electric cars have a habit of driving just as well as their internal combustion rivals thanks to an inherently low centre of gravity. The trade-off is that weight figure, which Mercedes is quoting at a hefty 2425kg.
Inside the cabin you’ll see a mix of existing Mercedes design tech such as the slick dual-screen dash layout and MBUX operating system first revealed on the new A-class. The aesthetic has taken on a more contemporary approach against most modern Mercs, with lots of copper accents, brushed aluminium trim and a ‘hoop’ of finned metal inspired by the cooling vanes on an expensive hi-fi.
Mercedes has not yet mentioned any international prices, but with specifications so closely aligned with rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and incoming Audi e-Tron, we’d suspect it will sit somewhere between $75k to $102k, as the Jaguar does.
Due to go on sale in the middle of next year, the EQC is an important car for Mercedes-Benz. It was, after all, one of its founders, Carl Benz, that literally invented the passenger car. This is now Merc’s turn to try to re-invent it. Leaving to one side the argument of the investment in infrastructure required to make electric cars a truly mainstream option, it makes for a fascinating time to see how the current industry juggernauts adapt to the incoming revolution, the EQC being just the first.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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