Mercedes-Benz has launched the
EQC, the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. It was
at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that Mercedes-Benz first presented its new product
and technology brand for electromobility. The EQC has a combined power
consumption of 22.2 kWh/100 km and a combined CO2 emissions of 0 g/km. These
are provisional figures.
With its seamless, clear
design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an
avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive
Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the
Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its
attributes. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two
electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. A
sophisticated operating strategy enables an electric range of more than 450 km
according to NEDC (provisional figure). EQ also offers comprehensive services
with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for
day-to-day motoring. The EQC also symbolises the start of a new mobility era at
By virtue of its muscular
proportions, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. The extended roofline and
window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear
visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé.
A striking feature at the
front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. For
the first time, the black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a
visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical
Mercedes-Benz feature. At night this creates an almost uninterrupted,
horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard Multibeam LED
headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly
confirm the model's membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black
background, and Multibeam lettering also in blue.
The high-quality interior of
the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the ribbed
edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi
amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The
typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the
driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is
located - a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with
key-shaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres.
As the first Mercedes-Benz
model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC
features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains
at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel
To reduce power consumption
and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the
front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to
medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they
generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz engineers have
enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are
isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its
subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation
is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC
is extremely quiet.
The lithium-ion battery, which
has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC) supplies the vehicle with power. The
power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the
driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each
with different characteristics: Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport and an
individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the
haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an
important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level
using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.
The Eco Assist system gives
the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the
driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator, e.g. because the
vehicle is approaching a speed limit, and by functions such as coasting and
specific control of recuperation. For this purpose, navigation data, traffic
sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar
and stereo camera) are linked and processed.
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