The launch of the all-electric EQC marks the beginning of a new & significant chapter for Mercedes-Benz in India.
After a fair share of delays, the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 has finally made its commercial debut in India today, with an on-road price of ₹99.30 lakh. However, this introductory price is applicable only to the first 50 units and also includes the cost of an AC Wallbox charger and its installation. This makes Mercedes-Benz the first luxury carmaker to launch a full-fledged EV in the country.
Based on the GLC, the EQC is powered by dual asynchronous AC motors (one on each axle, part of the 4MATIC AWD system), which draw power from an 80kWh Li-ion battery pack. The peak power and torque figures are pegged at 402bhp and 765Nm. Despite its 2,495kg kerb weight, the EQC can reach 100km/h from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds! In fact, we've driven the EQC on the Buddh International Circuit (experience report is coming soon) and were really impressed by the car's performance.
As per the NEDC test cycle, the Mercedes-Benz EQC offers a driving range of around 450kms on a full charge. If you have access to a 50kWh DC fast charger, the EQC can be charged up to 100% of its battery capacity in just 90 minutes. Otherwise, the charging times are pegged at 10 hours (using a 7.2kWh AC Wallbox charger) and 21 hours (with a 2.4kWh home connection).
For aftersales convenience, Mercedes-Benz is offering a 'Hi-5' package for the EQC that includes a five-year/unlimited kilometres comprehensive service package and five-year/unlimited kilometres overall standard warranty (eight-year warranty on the battery pack).