The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE -

Mercedes launched its elec­tric strat­egy a year ago at the Paris mo­tor show with a sub-brand called EQ and its first de­sign for a com­pact bat­tery-pow­ered SUV. The pro­duc­tion ver­sion of that car, called EQC, will par­al­lel the GLC in­ter­nal com­bus­tion-en­gine model within Mercedes’ line-up. It ar­rives in Aus­tralia in 2019 with a start­ing price above $75,000, the fruit of a $15 bil­lion in­vest­ment that will re­sult in more than 50 elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles by 2022.

Cen­tre-stage at Frank­furt was the smaller EQA, a bat­tery twin to the A-Class or GLA. It fea­tures smooth lines and a vir­tual grille that dis­plays the driv­ing mode. Power comes from elec­tric mo­tors at the front and rear with a sys­tem out­put up to 200kW. It can sprint to 100km/h in around 5 sec­onds. Lithium-ion bat­ter­ies with a ca­pac­ity of more than 60kWh sup­ply a range of 400km.

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