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Mercedes-Benz’s 2020 EQC Boasts Plenty of Tech, Less-than-revolutionary Range

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Mercedes-Benz has began pre-manufacturing on the primary vehicle of its electric EQ mannequin range, this one based mostly on the GLC platform and referred to as — what else? — the EQC. It’s a tony however not outlandish electric crossover for posh (however perhaps not that posh) varieties who just like the three-pointed star showing on the entrance of their vehicle however variety of really feel responsible about their carbon footprint.

Fortunately, proudly owning an electric car means by no means having to think about upstream emissions or different unpleasantness that befell earlier than the assembled supplies made it to your vehicle.

The EQC, in response to M-B, falls beneath the automaker’s “Progressive Luxurious” theme, promising tons of excessive-tech creature comforts and comfort, in addition to an emission-free driving expertise. Nevertheless, it’s beginning to develop into a crowded EV market on the market, and a few consumers may take exception with one specific facet of this vehicle.

That might be its range.

M-B guarantees “as much as 200 miles” of driving between expenses, which might have wowed anybody just some years in the past. Nevertheless, the German luxurious big already has to deal with Tesla’s Mannequin X, which will get 237 miles between expenses in base 75D type, in addition to the approaching Jaguar I-Tempo, which guarantees as much as 240 miles of driving from its ninety kWh battery pack. Different challengers wait within the wings.

Maybe the PR division was taking a look at different attributes when it referred to as the mannequin “the Mercedes-Benz amongst electric automobiles.”

Image: Daimler AG

Definitely, in phrases of energy, the EQC is properly matched to tackle its cross-Channel rival. Fueled by a eighty kWh battery, the EQC’s entrance and rear electric motors mix for 402 hp and a most torque of 564 lb-ft. On paper, this beats the I-Tempo’s 394 horsepower and 512 pound-ft of torque, additionally funneled to all 4 wheels, although M-B’s acceleration estimate is 4-tenths of a second slower to 60 mph than the electric Brit. We’ll have to attend and see if the EQC undercuts the I-Tempo’s $sixty nine,500 U.S. entry price.

One factor that’s for positive is that the EQC gained’t arrive till properly after U.S. consumers get their palms on the I-Tempo. Full manufacturing begins subsequent yr, with deliveries in America starting in 2020. The I-Tempo lands later this yr.

Succesful of hooking to a one hundred-kW quick-charger, ought to you understand the place one is, Mercedes-Benz claims an EQC could be juiced from 10 to eighty % capability in about forty minutes, which simply occurs to be the I-Tempo’s quick-cost prime-up time.

Image: Daimler AG

We’ve detailed the EQ idea vehicle earlier than, however the first manufacturing vehicle to emerge from the electric lineup carries the automaker’s MBUX multimedia system, mile-extensive touchscreen housing two 10.25-inch shows, 5 drive modes, app-based mostly comfort features (succesful of remotely warming up the EQC on a chilly morning), and a navigation system that shows the quickest and least draining route, relying on the vehicle’s cost. A steering wheel-mounted paddle permits drivers to dial up the specified quantity of regenerative braking.

The safety of occupants, different drivers, and pedestrians is paramount, M-B claims, so this mannequin provides the full gamut of obtainable driver-help features. Within the occasion of a collision, M-B says the EQC’s excessive-voltage system shuts down routinely. In the meantime, impression-absorbing deformation parts encompass the underbody battery pack, lessening the danger of a submit-collision hearth.

Will the Mercedes-Benz EQC hit the U.S. market with a thud, or shock almost everybody with its reputation? All of it depends upon model attraction, inexperienced attraction, and the general public’s notion of what a useable “luxurious” driving range could be.

[Images: Daimler AG]

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