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The eye-catch­ing EQC marks MercedesBenz’s bold step into full-ev ter­ri­tory

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

Af­ter a slew of fan­ci­ful con­cepts, the Stuttgart lux­ury car­maker’s elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cle branch EQ (Elec­tric In­tel­li­gence) has un­veiled its first pro­duc­tion-ready model, the all-wheel-drive EQC.

A TALE OF TWO MO­TORS

The EQC’S front mo­tor has been op­ti­mised for low-to-medium speed ef­fi­ciency, while the rear chimes in at higher speeds and also ap­por­tions lat­eral drive to over­see dy­namic han­dling.

CHARG­ING CHOICES

EQC own­ers are pre­sented with three bat­tery charg­ing op­tions. The wa­ter­cooled 7,4 kw on­board charger ac­com­mo­dates domes- tic power out­let charg­ing, with Mercedes’ Wall­box charger prov­ing three times faster. DC fast charg­ing is the most pow­er­ful op­tion, giv­ing 70% charge in 40 min­utes.

MBUX-TENDED

The EQC will play host to a ver­sion of Mercedes-benz User Ex­pe­ri­ence (MBUX) in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with ex­tended func­tion­al­ity spe­cific to this model. In ad­di­tion to an­cil­lary voice con­trol, the EQC’S MBUX also shows charge sta­tus, range and en­ergy flow.

PAD­DLE-DRIVEN POWER SAVING

The driver can in­flu­ence the four stages of the EQC’S brak­ing re­cu­per­a­tion us­ing steer­ing wheel-mounted pad­dles, with left in­creas­ing the level of re­cu­per­a­tion and right re­duc­ing it. coast­ing low re­cu­per­a­tion medium re­cu­per­a­tion high re­cu­per­a­tion al­low­ing for one-pedal driv­ing

Turn over for Benz’s sec­ond new SUV, the GLE.

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