Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV, the first series-prodution model which heralds the birth of the new EQ eco-friendly sub-brand, successfully completed winter testing in northern Sweden, ahead of its 2019 market launch. FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTOS.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC will be built on the Mercedes Electric Architecture (MEA) modular platform which supports front or rear traction with one or two electric motors. Total output is earmarked for up to 300 kW, while maximum torque will go as high as 700 Nm.
The EQC will feature the two engine layout, one mounted on the front axle and the other one on the rear axle and thus offering fully-variable torque distribution. Mercedes anticipates an electrical range of up to 500 km.
The modular batteries are integrated into the chassis, below the floor level. They will be produced in the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE and will have a capacity over 70 kWh depending on the model. Also, the Mercedes-EQ models will use an 800V electric architecture that will enable the future models to quickly charge their batteries.
In terms of styling, Mercedes EQ Concept adopts classic SUV proportions. A similarity to the GLC is hardly hidden, either, a detail also betrayed by the identical length of 4.73 meters. High-tech details accentuate the exterior; most noticeable is the black panel mounted up front. At its center the obligatory star is lit, framed in a digital blue radiator grille. “Seamless” is the main theme. Round front, fully clad underfloor, even the door handles are dispensed with. The opening works via touch sensors.
Truly spectacular is the interior with a round-framed light strip running the entire width of the dashboard and the car itself. This complements the really large central display (replacing the two-screen format familiar from E- and S-Class) up front and the functional LEDs pulsating through the perforated leather of the door panels.
“The light is not only illustration, but we represent information in space, rather than just on the display. The highlights in the side walls also synchronize with the music. The appearance of the ads can be freely configured. From a completely reduced representation of the most necessary information to a complex layout with a variety of vehicle data everything is possible,” says interior designer Vera Schmidt.
“A milestone in terms of development, too”
Michael Kelz (58), Chief Engineer EQC, gives us an insight into the philosophy behind the new Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV, all summed up in five short answers and corresponding questions.
Which innovations and new developments will be hosted by the Mercedes-Benz EQC?
Kelz: The EQC is an absolute highlight when it comes to power, sportiness and utility value. Likewise, the driving feel is sure to thrill our customers – not least thanks to the all-wheel drive, which we can incidentally tune particularly effectively here in Sweden on the frozen lakes. Then there are innovative solutions in areas such as telematics, connectivity and charging. The EQC really does herald the beginning of a new era in electric mobility at Mercedes-Benz.
Mr Kelz, you have already had the opportunity to drive a pre-production EQC. In a nutshell, what were your impressions of the drive?
Kelz: On the one hand, it’s dynamic and powerful; on the other hand, it’s a quiet glider. It’s a new and at first unusual combination, even for us developers. The pre-production EQC offers a very safe driving feel and is also so much fun that it leaves a permanent smile on its driver’s face.
What are the next steps in the development of the EQC?
Kelz: We are already a long way along the road: mechanically, the car is already in an excellent place, so we are now concentrating on fine-tuning prior to the vehicle launch.
Impressive as it might seem, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is only the beginning of a sensational product offensive. The electric SUV will be followed by sedans and compact models with electric drive, including a compact SUV (the Generation EQ concept production version – comparable in dimensions to those displayed by the GLC) and a luxury sedan, the electric correspondent of the S-Class. READ MORE IN OUR EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS BELOW