The production start of the EQC 400 4MATIC marks the commercial debut of Mercedes-Benz's all-electric EQ sub-brand in Europe.
Mercedes's first all-electric product, the EQC, has achieved a significant milestone, as it has entered series production at the manufacturer’s Bremen facility and will now be available for order. To ensure maximum plant efficiency, Mercedes claims that the EQC can be easily integrated into ongoing series production, which simply means that it shares its production line with the C-Class Sedan/Estate, GLC and the GLC Coupe.
'With the Mercedes-Benz EQC, we are entering a new era of mobility. It is part of the growing family of all-electric vehicles at Mercedes-Benz and combines brand-defining features such as quality, safety and comfort. We offer our customers progressive design and unique ride comfort – and this with a range absolutely suitable for everyday use,’ said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales).
As suggested by the 4MATIC tag, the EQC features an All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) setup, made up of two asynchronous motors that are powered by an 80kWh battery pack. Further, Mercedes claims the EQC is able to generate around 402bhp of power and 765Nm of torque, which helps it go from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds! This is quite impressive, keeping in mind that it weighs about 2,425kg. Despite a powerful electric powertrain, the EQC has a claimed driving range of 450 – 470km.
With the EQC, Mercedes-Benz has become an active competitor in the field of electric SUVs, which, until now, was dominated by names like the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-PACE and the highly-acclaimed Audi e-tron.