In a new venture for Mercedes, it has unveiled its first all-electric production vehicle – the EQC.
The SUV model also marks the launch for the German manufacturer’s electric EQ sub-brand – which will be used in the nomenclature for future electric models.
This first model from EQ mixes coupe and SUV styling and is markedly similar to the EQ Concept from the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Much like the concept, it includes a solid black grille and intricate alloy wheel designs as well as a sloping roof line.
Across the top of the grille is an LED light that connects the conventional front lights to create a unique design when switched on, with the rear lights mirroring that effect.
Driving the EQC is an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack connected to two electric motors – one mounted onto each axle – in an all-wheel drive setup. Together they create 402bhp and 765Nm of torque.
The driver can select from five power modes – Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport and Individual – and to help save energy, the accelerator pedal gives haptic feedback and the paddles mounted on the steering wheel allow the driver to change the recuperation levels from the brakes.
The Mercedes Eco Assist system also aids energy saving, by notifying the driver when to coast and when to slow down or speed up before a change in speed limit. On the NEDC cycle, Mercedes claims the EQC can go 280 miles on a single charge and it has built-in fast charging capabilities – meaning when it’s connected to a 110kW charging point, it can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.
Inside the EQC is much like every other Mercedes, with a central touchscreen employing the MBUX infotainment system and a digital instrument dial placed behind the steering wheel.
Active lane guidance and distance assist are also available as part of the Driving Assistance pack – with other systems expected to be fitted when full specifications are revealed in the future.
Production of the new EQC will begin in 2019 and to stay up to date with any developments of the all-electric SUV, register your interested now.