Mercedes-Benz has a storied history, one which transcends many other intercontinental car makers. Its 133-year history makes for a compelling tale and its about to get interesting with the Mercedes-Benz EQC. This is the marque’s first-ever all-electric SUV and it will be the first of 10 new electric cars that will be making its way onto the roads within the next three years.
Of course, the car receives the modern-day naming convention — the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC. While it’s still a luxury SUV at heart, it certainly carries more than what the usual Mercedes-Benz SUVs can. It is also the maker’s first real significant introduction into the electric car segment, which will surely send shockwaves to its competitors as well as Tesla.
This is solely due to the technological innovation and engineering within the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400. Each axle of the vehicle carries an electric motor, which when put together produces 402hp. It goes from 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds and has a total travel range of over 400km.
The car will also carry an 80kWh battery pack that is mounted on the floor of the car, in-between the wheels. Like most electric cars, this gives the Mercedes-Benz EQC a much heavier foundation, which will increase the prevention of the car flipping over. This is very much like what Tesla is doing with its cars as well.
Even the design of the Mercedes-Benz EQC borrows cues from the Mercedes-Benz SUVs, mainly the GLC and the GLC Coupe. The seamless blend between an SUV and a sports car is evident, radiating sleek and seamless modernity. The design of the backlight features a lone LED strip that runs along the rear of the car. On the front rests a jet black radiator grille, which is flanked by the front headlights with two shorter LED strips on both ends.
Its interior is synonymous with the design of the exterior with Mercedes-Benz taking it one step further by utilising renewable materials in the upholstery. This includes natural rubber, wool, cotton, paper, hemp, and kenaf mixed into one and topped off with a rose gold finish. To bring a sense of modernity and technological marvel into the cabin is the new widescreen cockpit and the Burmester surround sound system.
Mercedes-Benz’s very own infotainment system also comes into play as the MBUX with plenty of features to boot. It’s revolutionary with natural voice control, intuitive touch control, and even augmented reality (AR) for navigation purposes.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is a revolutionary marvel in the luxury car segment. While it will still be some ways before the entire industry is on-board with the idea, all signs point to all-electric vehicles steadily taking over the luxury car market. As both Mercedes-Benz and Audi are already heavily invested, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of other carmakers are involved.