Now, there are multiple reasons to look out for the upcoming EQC. First-of-its-kind premium electric offering, Mercedes-Benz is trying to address ‘sustainable mobility’ with EQC.
Ahead of India debut, we spent a day with the EQC and explored its performance, features and feel of the premium electric SUV.
Where is the sound? Whether parked or on the move, the EQC is eerily silent. The design, in fact, is modern as EQC stands distinctive from the fleet of Mercedes you are used to seeing on the roads so far. The huge logo embossed on the black radiator grille, sleek LED strips on the front and rear, along with trendy looking 20-inch alloys contribute to a progressive design theme. EQC stands over 4.5 metres in length and from different angles, the built seems well proportioned.
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On the inside, the cabin is thoughtfully laid. You either have the option of choosing a beige-black theme or a black and blue combo. The design of the dash is a completely new one that merges with the driver’s display. The seats and steering are electrically adjustable while you get a decent amount of storage around the SUV.
Creature comforts include Burmester Sound system, dash charging one-touch sun roof, 3-zone climate control, intuitive touch control, Merc’s famed M-BUX and 64 ambient lighting options. The infotainment is well lit, highly customizable and offers great tactile feedback and it extended up to the driver’s display. While the cabin is a well-appointed one, we strictly recommend four people on the move.
The SUV is modern, premium and unique. Just like the outside, the interior is different from the GLC. The MBUX finds its way here always, however, the special bit is the additional functionalities for EV – like nearest charging station, range and more.
EQC gets a twin electric motor set up, which puts out 408 PS and 765 Nm of peak torque. The front motor does all the donkey work while the rear generates the grunt during the acceleration.
Electric vehicles are fun to drive and are hassle-free. Foot on the pedal, and the EQC screams performance, touching 100-kmph in a blink. Remind you, the car is over 2.5 tonnes in weight.
Handling is spot on as well. The steering is nicely weighed, doesn’t shy away from holding good speeds around the corners. EQC, in my books, feels mature. What’s adds to the overall feel is also the low centre of gravity, thanks to battery pack placement on the floorboard.
The brakes are slightly deceptive. Firstly, regenerative braking is something you have to get used to if you own an EQC. The initial dab at the brake supplies the regenerating power to the batteries. The EQC is quick and heavy at the same time. So, you have to really plan your braking.
Recharge station worries: Talking about the quintessential charging facility, the port comes in the place of a conventional fuel inlet. A 50kWh DC Fast charger takes 90 minutes to full top-up, which you are likely to find at the dealerships and other selected places. On the other hand, the regular AC wallbox charger, which the company will install at the place of your choice, will take 10 hours to do the same while a 3.4 kWh slow charger will take 21 hours to 10-100 per cent refill.
What about the range? The fully charged EQC will be ready to deliver over 400 kilometers on the go.
It’s good to see the company’s focus on bringing in the global products to India, especially this electric flagship. The performance on offer is phenomenal with high-end luxury inside the car. The EQC, which will be closely priced with the new generation GLS, is likely to be a low volume game.