Preparing to start the production of its first electric SUV, Mercedes enters in competition with the popular Tesla Model X. First technical comparison.
The German manufacturer Mercedes has presented in 2018 the first model of its new EQ electric range. Called EQC, it takes the form of a premium SUV. Hence, the opportunity to compare it to one of its potential (and greatest) competitors, the Tesla Model X. With 4.76 meters, the EQC is 28 cm shorther in length compared to the American model (5.04 meters). However, the German is bouncing back with a wheelbase just 9 cm shorter (2.87 meters against 2.96 meters for Model X). Still, it does not propose a configuration with 6 seats and even less 7 places as its competitor …
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Technically, the novelty Mercedes-EQC is not available with several versions like the Californian SUV (75D, 100D, P100D). Its 80 kWh battery sets it against the entry-level Model X (75 kWh) and can not compete with the other two variants.
Autonomy and similar performance
Faced with the Tesla Model X 75D, the Mercedes EQC holds the comparison. Zero emission autonomy is similar: 417 km for the American and over 450 km for German (NEDC approval in both cases). Both models have two zero emission engines for a combined power of 408 horsepower for the EQC and 525 horsepower for the Model X.
Despite its larger size, the latter is lighter: 2.352 kg against 2.425 kg for the EQC. As for performance, the 0 to 100 km / h exercise is announced in 5.1 seconds for the EQC and 5.2 seconds for the Model X, while the top speed is 180 km / h and 210 km/ h respectively.
The Model X 75D starts at 96,700 euros (ecological bonus of 6,000 euros to deduct). According to an Auto Bild estimate, the price of the EQC would start at 85,000 euros. It will be necessary to wait for the equipment list of the Mercedes EQC and a potential evaluation of semi-autonomous driving functions to see if the German SUV will be able to really beat Tesla at its own game. To be continued.