German luxury auto giant Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled the much awaited and talked about EQC. The EQC all-electric luxury SUV is the first electric vehicle of the company under its EQ brand for EVs. The EQC is every bit of a luxury SUV model with all wow qualities and capabilities along with the benefit of all-electric zero-emission powertrain.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC looks reminiscent of the GLC and also shares its platform with it. However, the EQC comes with several styling elements to make it offer a very distinctive and futuristic visual appeal, which complements its capabilities of a sporty SUV running on batteries. EQC’s front fascia flaunts a massive radiator grille in black finish and will be offered in two styles - Multi-louvre unit on the Electric Art trim and a double-slat grille on AMG Line variant.
The sportiness of the e-SUV is enhanced by an overall black theme all over including the Multibeam LED headlights and housings. The lamps get line highlights and cool blue Multibeam EQ lettering. The striking futuristic appeal comes from the illuminated horizontal line on the top grille that forms a continuous light band across the front fascia and complementing the headlights and DRLs.
The EQC’s side profile is sleek and sporty in keeping with the rest of the design. It offers many alloy wheel choices ranging from 19 to 21 inches in several design options. The introduced models flaunted an aerodynamically enhanced, dual-colour alloy wheel design unit and an aggressively styled multi-spoke AMG specific wheel design.
The rear design of EQC flaunts a multi-section tail lights and the horizontal light band like the front façade. The EQC electric SUV is 4,761 mm in length, 2,096 mm in width and 1,624 mm in height, and it rides on tall a 2,873 mm long wheelbase.
The EQC offers a familiar cabin layout with similar Mercedes-style centre console and dual display screens, but things have been made more interesting. It gets two integrated 10.25 inch instrument cluster and floating type media display screens. There’s the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system with numerous functions along with EQ specific features, while there are lots of classy styling elements across the cabin like the flat AC air vents with rose gold coloured key-shaped louvers. The EQC offers 5 drive modes - Comfort, Eco, Sport, Individual and Max Range.
The AMG lineup of the EQC obviously come with added goodies such as a sporty 3-spoke AMG multi-function sport steering wheel, stainless steel AMG sports pedals, Artico leather/microfibre seats, leather and carbon-fibre trim options and AMG floor mats.
However, the real wonder lies under skin of the new Mercedes EQC. The e-SUV gets an electric motor, a fixed-ratio transmission along with a differential, power electronics and a cooling system all packed in an amazingly compact housing sitting on each axle.
The front electric motor is responsible for low load driving and cruising, while the rear electric motor offers its power on demand when punchy performance is required. The motors’ combined power stand at an impressive 402 hp along with a hammering 765 Nm of top torque. The electric motors draw juice from an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, which offers travel range of over 450 km. The EQC can do the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 5.1 seconds, and offers an electronically-limited top speed of 180 kmph.
The EQC comes with a water cooled 7.4 kW onboard charger for AC charging at home or through public charging stations. The Mercedes-Benz Wallbox can charge it up to three times faster than a domestic socket and DC charging.
We do hope to get the fascinating Mercedes-Benz EQC e-SUV in the Indian car market, when the government offers favourable policies for the EVs.