Mercedes-Benz EQC Preview
Mercedes-Benz has also announced that they will be stepping into the EV space this year with the EQC. The Stuttgart-based carmaker will be launching the EQC in April. To be brought into India as a CBU, the EQC is expected to be priced in the Rs 1.5 crore range.
Powering the EQC is an 80kWh battery pack that works in conjunction with two electric motors to deliver 407 horses and 765Nm. The EQC gets a claimed driving range of roughly 400km in a single full charge as per the WLTP cycle. As far as performance goes, the EQC can dismiss the 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, and that’s quite impressive for a 2.5-tonne electric SUV.
The EQC is based on Mercedes’ all-new scalable platform that has a lot in common with the brand’s MRA platform. This is the same one that underpins the GLC, owing to which the dimensions of the two cars are almost identical. In fact, the rear-end of the EQC as well as the overall silhouette is somewhat similar to the company’s mid-sized ICE powered SUV.
On the inside, the EQC is minimalistic yet undoubtedly Mercedes. It gets a single wide screen that is split into two – one for the instrumentation behind the wheel, and the other for the infotainment at the centre of the dash – just like the E and S-Class. The rocker switches for the air-con controls are also familiar.
Of all the luxury car makers in India, it seems that Mercedes-Benz will be the first mover in India in the EV space. That being said, Audi too has the e-tron planned for India, and the Jaguar will bring the I-Pace to our shores later this year as well.