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 VIDEO.
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.
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.
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