The first fully electric vehicle to carry a three-pointed star – the EQC has made its world premiere in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the production model of the EQ concept that was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The EQC marks a new chapter for Mercedes-Benz as the company plans to invest more than €10 billion towards the development of new models under the ‘EQ’ brand. Speaking of which, the ‘EQ’ stands for Electric Intelligence which according to the company, is also derived from “Emotion” and “Intelligence”.
The C in the EQC suggests that this is an electric equivalent of the GLC, in terms of size. If you’re interested to know, the EQC measures 4,761 mm long, 2,096 mm wide (with mirrors) and 1,624 mm tall. Wheelbase measures 2,873 mm.
As for the design, the face has a black panel which creates an illusion of enclosing the grille and the Multibeam LED headlamps. The top of the grille has an optical fibre which connects the torch-like DRLs.
At the rear, the sloping roofline is finished off by a low roof spoiler. The charging flap is integrated flush with the rear right side wall. The narrow tail lamps are connected by a light band that mimics the front. Mercedes said that the roof rails have been omitted to further enhance the aerodynamics.
Rounding off the exterior looks are aerodynamically enhanced light-alloy wheels, with sizes ranging from 19 to 21-inches.
Unlike the exteriors, the difference in interiors are subtle. However, there are EQ specific design touches, such as the key-shaped air vents which are finished in rose gold. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience or MBUX for short, which made its debut in the new A-Class, is present here too (2 x 10.25-inch as standard).
There’ll be AMG Line packages too for the exterior and interiors, which includes AMG-specific radiator grille and mirror housings, AMG wheel designs, AMG flat-bottom steering wheel, sporty pedals, carbon fibre trims and Artico man-made leather upholstery.
Which pretty much brings us to the business end. As we can see in the picture above, the EQC is powered by two electric motors, one at each axle, forming an all-wheel drive. The total output is 300 kW or 408 hp, and 765 Nm of torque. The electric crossover can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, and the top speed is limited to 180 km/h.
The neatly integrated 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is good for a range of over 450 km, as per NEDC. The battery pack in the vehicle floor consists of 384 cells in total, with a modular design. As for the charging times, up to 80% charge can be achieved in about 40 minutes, depending on the available infrastructure and so on.
The EQC also offers manual selection of braking recuperation where the D – – (minus minus) mode according to the company, is almost a one-pedal driving experience.
The batteries are produced by Daimler’s wholly-owned subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive in Germany. The battery pack weighs around 650 kg.
As for the safety equipment, the Active Distance Assist Distronic, rescue lane function, Pre-Safe preventive occupant protection, Pre-Safe Plus and the Active Brake Assist in the Driving Assistance package form the active safety features. Passive safety includes cut-off facilities in an event of a crash, multi-stage protection for battery, and belts and airbags.
Production is set to begin in 2019 at the Mercedes‑Benz plant in Bremen.
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