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Hold the front page. Mercedes-Benz is the company that gave the world the internal combustion-powered motor car back in 1886, when Bertha Benz borrowed her husband’s invention for a 180km road trip. Now, it is acknowledging the start of a new era with its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC. It’s due in the showrooms from July 2019.
Although the EuroNCAP test results haven’t been released yet, we’d be surprised if the EQS didn’t achieve the full five stars based on Mercedes-Benz’s exemplary safety track record. Driving assistance systems include a new tailback management function. Part of the optional Driving Assistance Package, the system automatically reduces your speed if it detects a tailback ahead.
Unlike all-electric SUV rivals like the Jaguar I-PACE, the EQC is a relatively conventional-looking SUV crossover, with a close resemblance to the GLC on which its platform is based. However, look a little closer and you’ll see that the headlamps and grille are set in a black panel with a line of optical fibre across the top, and that there are hints with the blue trim that is the M-B design signature for electric power.
Drag co-efficient for the car is claimed to be a wind-cheating 0.30CD. The interior combines new materials and colours, such as the distinctive key-shaped air vents in rose-gold. The dashboard offers a new digital instrument and infotainment panel and a multi-function steering wheel that features touchpads within the horizontal spokes.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the EQC develops a maximum power
output of 300 kW (408 hp) and peak torque of 765 Nm, for a 0-62mph time of 5.1
seconds. There’s an electric motor for each axle, delivering all-wheel drive.
The front motor is tuned for efficiency while the rear motor is more
performance-oriented, giving a broad spread of abilities. Four drive modes – COMFORT,
ECO, SPORT, INDIVIDUAL and MAX RANGE — let you choose the right combination of
efficiency and enjoyment for each journey.
Depending on specification, the EQC is also claimed to achieve
up to 280 miles on a full charge, and from experience in mixed driving that
will probably work out to around 200 miles before you’ll want to start looking
for a fast charger. The EQC will tow trailers of up to 1800kg and take a 515kg
With electric cars, charging performance is as critical as on-road performance as you won’t want to spend all your time waiting for the battery to recharge (though most owners will leave it on recharge, something that you can’t do with petrol or diesel). A standard 7.4kW onboard charger enables AC charging via either regular mains or high-voltage public charging stations. Under DC charging, the EQC’s battery can be charged from 10% to 80% at up to 110kW in around 40 minutes.
All EQC models are equipped with the latest MBUX infotainment system, which includes a wide-screen high resolution display and offers a choice of touchpad or voice-activated control via the ‘Hey, Mercedes’ command. Technology that’s unique to the EQS includes the display of range, charge status, and energy flow, as well as EQ-optimised navigation to get you to your destination via the optimum recharging points if needed. Intelligent pre-entry climate control sets the cabin to a comfortable temperature before your journey begins while it’s still connected to the charger, saving the battery and meaning that you won’t shiver in the winter or step into an oven on a hot summer’s day.
EQC Sport trim comes as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, active parking assist, a reversing camera and LED headlights, as well as a 64-colour range of ambient interior lighting and heated front seats.
Next level up is AMG-Line with 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, a reworked grille and a redesigned front bumper with chromed air intakes and black trim. Interior features of AMG-Line include a pair of leather-trimmed AMG sports seats and new running boards.
Even more tech and luxury can be yours with the AMG Line Premium models, which offer an electric sliding roof, Burmester surround sound, support for wireless smartphone charging and Mercedes’s “Energising” package, which automatically adjusts the cabin’s temperature and lighting for optimum driver wellbeing. There’s also AMG Line Premium Plus which gilds the lily with head-up display, memory seats and a 360-degree camera plus gesture control for the MBUX infotainment system.
The EQC is a 4.7-metre-long, five-seat SUV with a typical Mercedes look to the C-pillar and that familiar grille at the front, so your neighbours might not even know it’s an electric vehicle until the first time you glide soundlessly past them in the street. All the innovation is under the skin; and being Mercedes-Benz, its engineers will have tested it to the limit to ensure that it performs, endures and protects as a car with the three-pointed star should. Truly, a new era is here.
|Vehicle length||4761 mm|
|Vehicle width||1884 mm|
|Vehicle height||1623 mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||2495 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||Full EV|
|Max Torque||561 lb-ft|
|Max Power||300 kW (402 hp)|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph / 5.1 sec|
|Efficiency and Range|
|Combined cycle||51.4 mpg|