Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed with 450km range

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Sep 2018

Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its first dedicated production EV, the EQC electric SUV, at an advanced technology festival in Stockholm.

The all-electric car, the first in the EQ sub-brand, uses two asynchronous electric motors, one for each axle, and offers a potential total output of 300kW and 765Nm. The rear motor will act as the muscle for more strenuous activities, such as towing (with a capacity of up to 1800kg) while the front is designed for efficient energy use in day-to-day driving. Performance figures peg the SUV as hitting 100km/h in 5.1 seconds, while top speed is limited to 180km/h.

Mercedes claims the system powering the EQC has a combined power consumption of 22.2kWh/100km, and paired with an 80kWh lithium-ion battery, the range is claimed to be at least 450km. That number was achieved under the NEDC testing cycle, so real-world range will likely be less.

Energy can be scavenged through the car’s customisable regeneration system. Drivers can select different modes using the vehicles ‘shift’ paddles to adjust how much ‘engine braking’ there is, and how much energy is recovered.

The EQC is fitted with a 7.4kW onboard charger that hooks up to domestic powerpoints. A Mercedes Wallbox will triple the recharge rate, and DC charging is faster still. Juicing the EQC’s battery from 10 to 80 per cent could take as little as 40 minutes using fast chargers.

Styling of the SUV is close to the early Generation EQ concept of 2016. The front end has been altered slightly, and other details have changed. The production vehicle measures 4761mm long, 1884mm wide and 1324mm tall, making it 105mm longer and a substantial 315mm lower than the GLC, with which it shares its 2873mm wheelbase.

Inside is essentially similar to GLC, although there’s a new dashboard with a digital instrument and infotainment panel, reworked ventilation units and a new multi-function steering wheel featuring touch pads within the horizontal spokes.

Seating for five is available and luggage space is a claimed 500 litres.

When the electric SUV launches, it will be gunning for the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, as well as Tesla’s Model X.

[UPDATE] Word has reached us from Mercedes-Benz NZ, saying the Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to arrive in New Zealand in the second half of 2019 and priced below $160,000 NZD.


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