Mercedes-benz EQC

As with Audi, Mercedes’ rst all-elec­tric pro­duc­tion model takes the form of a sleek lux­ury SUV Price from £60,000 (est)

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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

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