Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover teased ahead of September 4 debut
Mercedes-Benz has just teased the EQC electric crossover just before its official reveal on September 4. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first all-electric car from the company and will debut the Mercedes EQ electric sub-brand when it is launched. The company teased the headlamp and grille of the electric vehicle (EV) in a quick video through its social media recently. This is the production version of the Generation EQ concept that was shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and is expected to launch sometime in 2019 in Norway. Mercedes-Benz has already begun accepting bookings for the EQC there, with a global launch expected in 2020. There has also been a Concept EQA, and most recently an EQ Silver Arrow shown by the company.
The electric crossover, which looks to be similar in size to the conventionally powered GLC-class, will debut Mercedes' EQ all-electric sub-brand. The EQ C will be based on a new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) platform constructed from a combination of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminium which will underpin all future EQ branded cars.
The car will carry a dual-motor set-up with an electric motor on each axle, effectively giving it four-wheel drive capabilities. The car is expected to produce 400PS and have a 0 to 100 kmph time of 5s. The range is expected to be around 500km.
The EQC will feature a CCS combo fast-charging port to allow it to use new 350kW fast chargers that are being installed across Europe and the US. This should give it a charging rate of 100km per 5 minutes, with a full charge taking about an hour. Mercedes may also offer a wireless charging option.
In terms of exterior styling, the car seemingly follows a design more conservative than what the EQ concept showcased. The lines seem to closely match the brand's combustion-engined cars with the major differences being in the lighting arrangement and front fascia. The LED light signature, an inverted version of the one seen on the new A-Class and CLS-Class, is possibly a distinguishing feature of the EQ range.
The EQ C's interior could be more futuristic in its approach, with a set of screens replacing most physical buttons, although the general design will not deviate much from the traditional Mercedes set-up. This could mean a connected instrument cluster and infotainment screen, as has been seen in new Mercedes cars, along with an additional screen below this, separating the driver and front passenger. The test prototype also shows the absence of a front grille and concealed wipers to improve aero efficiency. Given the construction, the underbody will also be flat.
When launched the EQC will compete with the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. This crossover will be followed by the EQA, EQB, EQE, EQG, and EQS all-electric cars. These models will mimic their combustion engine counterparts in Mercedes' line-up in terms of hierarchy and body style. The EQ C will be Mercedes' first shot at the electric car market and the German car-maker will use this car to reassert itself in the face of what is probably the biggest disruption ever seen in the car industry worldwide. Mercedes-Benz will use the EQ C to set itself up to jump right in at the thick end of the electric car market and have all its bases covered.
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