As with Audi, Mercedes’ rst all-electric production model takes the form of a sleek luxury SUV Price from £60,000 (est)
THE EQC IS the rst Mercedes-badged car to come from the rm’s electric EQ sub-brand and is loosely based on the same underpinnings as the GLC, but with bodywork that makes it signi cantly longer and lower. Its design has been toned down only a little compared with the EQ concept car that rst showcased Mercedes’ electric ambitions in 2016.
The EQC is powered by two electric motors – one on the front axle and another at the rear – that together put out 402bhp and 564lb ft of torque.they, in turn, are powered by an 80kwh battery.
As a result, the EQC can sprint from 0-62mph in a claimed 5.1sec – slightly slower than the rival Jaguar I-pace can manage.that’s largely because the EQC weighs signi cantly more, with a hefty 2425kg to haul around, compared with the I-pace’s 2133kg.
The EQC has an of cial range of 249 miles, based on the new WLTP test, again
falling short of the I-pace’s 292 miles.the car can be recharged to 80% of capacity in about 40 minutes via a rapid charger of the kind you’ll nd at most motorway service stations.
Inside, the EQC adopts the same widescreen digital displays as the latest A-class, one of which is devoted to Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. There are a number of Eq-speci c enhancements, too, such as graphics to show energy ow, remaining range and charging status.
Despite their similar size, the EQC’S boot is 79 litres bigger than the GLC’S, at 500 litres, but that’s still smaller than those of the I-pace and the upcoming Audi E-tron.
With prices expected to start from £60,000, the EQC will be competitive with the I-pace and appear a comparative bargain next to the Tesla Model X, which starts at around £75,500.
Following the EQC, Mercedes plans to add up to 10 all-electric models to its line-up by 2025 – including electric alternatives to the A-class and S-class.
‘Power comes from two electric motors that together produce 402bhp’
A recharge from 0-80% capacity takes about 40 minutes