The new Mercedes-Benz EQC will be the vehicle under the company’s new “EQ” brand. It comes as Mercedes’ first all-electric SUV and is their way of “flipping the switch.” With the EQ brand, Mercedes is showing their vision of the future. In fact, They are “investing more than ten billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio,” according to Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
When it hits production, the SUV will be known as the EQC400 4MATIC and it will be powered by an all-new drive system. This system consists of electric drivetrains at each axle that generates a total output of 408 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes’ technical data notes that this power will accelerate the SUV from to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds. This figure is quicker than the 2017 Tesla Model X 75D’s 0 to 60 time of 6 seconds but much slower than the 2017 Model X P100D’s (Ludicrous Speed included) time of 2.8 seconds.
Providing power to each of the drivetrains is a lithium-ion battery that has an energy content of 80 kWh. Owners can charge this battery at home or at a public station. When using at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox, this battery can be charged three times quicker than if a domestic power socket was used. Mercedes notes that the EQC will have a range of more than 279.6 miles (450 km), but these are provision figures as of right now and official numbers may vary.
Being a technologically advanced vehicle, it’s fitting that the new EQC will come with Mercedes’ new MBUX Mercedes-Benz User Experience. This new system displays important information regarding the EQC, including range, driving mode, charge capacity and more. It also adds the ability for the driver to control the media display via intelligent voice control that can be activated by saying “Hey Mercedes.”
Mercedes will begin production on the EQC in 2019 at their Bremen plant. Pricing has not been announced as of yet.
“The EQC embodies the Progressive Luxury design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “This creates an experience and a preview of the ‘next big thing’ to come tomorrow. With its seamless, clear design, the EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look with trailblazing design details and color highlights typical of the brand both inside and out.”