Mercedes Benz showcased the EQC at the 2020 Auto Expo. Now, the carmaker is all set to launch its first all-electric offering in India. The EQC will go on sale in India on 8 October 2020 and it will be available in a single EQC 400 variant.
Based on the GLC, the EQC gets a unique styling. Upfront, it gets connected headlamps flanking the grille which features an illuminated Mercedes Logo. The side profile looks rather conventional and looks similar to the GLC. However, it gets new alloys with blue coloured inserts which goes with the electric persona of the SUV. Coming to the back, it looks elegant with connected tail lamps.
On the inside, the EQC’s cabin looks similar to any other modern Mercedes on sale. It gets a similar dual-screen setup (both 12.3-inch units) for infotainment and instrument cluster. Other features on offer include powered front seats, electrically adjustable heated steering, a 13-speaker Burmester music system, heads-up display, three-zone climate control and massage seats, powered tailgate, 64-colour ambient lighting and an electric sunroof. Safety features on offer include seven airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera.
The EQC is powered by a set of electric motors one mounted on each axle. They have a combined output of 406PS and 765Nm. They draw power from an 80kWh battery back which can be charged up to 80 per cent from 10 in just 40 minutes by a DC fast charger. Mercedes Benz claims that the EQC can go from 0-100kmph in 5.1 seconds before topping out at 180kmph. It has a claimed range of 320km.
Since the EQC is CBU import, prices are expected to be on the higher side of the spectrum. It is expected to retail over Rs 1 crore. At launch, it will have no direct rivals in India since it will be the first luxury e-SUV to go on sale in India. Globally, it rivals the likes of the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron.