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Mercedes-Benz EQC breaks cover

September 05, 2018, 12:02 AM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Mercedes-Benz EQC breaks cover

-    The EQC is the first product to be launched under the EQ brand.

-    The electric crossover is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 300kW and a maximum torque of 765Nm.

-    First of 10 new electric vehicles planned by Mercedes-Benz to arrive by 2025.

Mercedes-Benz first showcased the Generation EQ concept back in 2016 as their debut into the electric mobility. Today, the German carmaker has taken the wraps off the EQC, the first electric product under the new EQ brand. The EQ electric crossover is the first of the 10 all-electric products from Mercedes which are slated to arrive by 2025. 

The EQC retains most of its design elements from its Concept albeit with added production ready bits. The new grille is imposing and done in chrome, while the contrasting glossy black finished surrounding extends all the way to the headlamps. The headlamp units have sleek DRLs which extend to the top of the grille while the rest of the bumper is simple, to say the least. The profile is akin to the GLC, which it is based upon, and the raked D-pillar lends it a sportier stance.  

At the rear, the single panel of LED tail light makes the EQC appear similar to the new-gen Cayenne. The rear is finished with a dual chrome set-up where the exhaust tips should have been. The EQC measures 4,761mm in length, it has a width of 1,884mm and stands 1,624mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,873 mm which is exactly the same as the GLC while the overall dimensions are on par with the conventional powered SUV. 

On the inside, the cabin is futuristic and the same set-up will be seen in all the upcoming new-gen vehicles from the Three-Pointed Star. The MBUX integrated wide-screen infotainment system runs across the dashboard. 

Powering the EQC is a set of two motors on each axle. The combined output of 300kW (402bhp) and a maximum twisting force of 765Nm is capable of pushing the crossover from standstill to 100kmph in just 5.1seconds. The zero-emission crossover can do a top speed of 180kmph and go 450km between charges.  The motors are fed through an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which weighs 650kilograms, claims Mercedes, thus tipping the scales for the EQC at 2,425kilograms. 

The production of EQC will commence only next year at the carmaker’s Bremen facility with production plans for China as well. The batteries will be self-produced at Mercedes battery plant in Kamenz, Dresden. The EQC will go against the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X in the new-found electric crossover segment. It will be joined by Audi E-Tron Quattro and BMW iNext as well. We might also expect to see the EQC make its way to India once the EV infrastructure in the country is up to the mark.

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