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Mercedes-Benz EQC: fully electric SUV will be released in 2019

The competition in the luxury class of fully electric SUV models will be expanded in 2019 by the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Outstanding features are two electric motors that are supposed to drive the front and rear axles with a total of over 300 kW (408 hp), an anticipated range under optimal conditions of up to 450 km and an independent design style. It is worth taking a look at the details.

Battery and electric motors
The first version of the approximately 2.425 kg SUV is to be equipped with a 650 kg 80 kWh lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the EQC has a water-cooled on-board charger (OBL) with an output of 7,4 kW (10 PS) as standard and is therefore prepared for alternating current (AC) charging at home and at public charging stations.

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Charging at a Mercedes-Benz wallbox should be up to three times faster than at a household socket. And it is even faster with direct current charging - standard with the EQC - for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA as well as CHAdeMO in Japan or GB / T in China. Depending on the SoC (Status of Charge), the EQC charges at a corresponding charging station with a maximum output of up to 110 kW (150 PS). The charging time is then around 40 minutes from 10 to 80 percent SoC (provisional information). An appropriate infrastructure is of course a prerequisite for this.

Two asynchronous electric motors with a total of 300 kW (408 hp) provide dynamic propulsion on the front and rear axles - all with a torque of 765 Nm, designed with the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 5,1 seconds. The eATS are designed differently to reduce power consumption and increase dynamics: According to Mercedes-Benz, the front electric motor is optimized for the best possible efficiency for the weak to medium load range, while the rear one determines the dynamics.

The vehicle is not only designed for dynamism, but can also tow a trailer load of up to 1.800 kg on a gradient of up to 12 percent.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Exclusive exterior and interior

As the first Mercedes-Benz model of the new product and technology brand EQ, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has many new design details and brand-typical color accents. Outside and inside, the EQC embodies its own design language, which Mercedes-Benz defines as “progressive luxury”. This arises, for example, through the conscious clash of digital and analog elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Further details are a large black panel area at the front, which surrounds the headlights and grille. According to the manufacturer, the upper end of the Black Panel is for the first time a light guide as an optical connection between the typical Mercedes-Benz daytime running lights. At night, an almost continuous, horizontal position light band is created. The inner housing and tubes of the standard LED headlights are finished in glossy black. Colored contrasting elements discreetly underline the affiliation to the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background and also blue “MULTIBEAM lettering”.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC - Copyright Mercedes-Benz

In the interior, according to Mercedes-Benz, the EQC is a pioneer of avant-garde electronic aesthetics. One example of this is the lamellar collar on the instrument panel, which is reminiscent of the cooling fins of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical and has been "cut open" in the driver's area. There is a visual highlight of the cockpit: a technical-looking, high-gloss lacquered cassette in which flat ventilation nozzles with key-shaped, rose gold-colored slats are located.

We can look forward to the market launch in the middle of next year.

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Sources and images / cover picture: Copyright Daimler / Mercedes-Benz

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