Mercedes-Benz EQC Assessment
Nearly all luxurious automobile producers have stepped up their sport when it comes to electrical and electrified fashions. And Mercedes-Benz did so with the EQC, the corporate’s first ever EV, which occurs to be an SUV! We spend a while with the Mercedes-Benz EQC and this is our report.
- The Mercedes-Benz EQC will get a variety of 450+ km on single cost
- It is going to be dropped at India as a totally constructed unit (CBU)
- Costs for the Mercedes-Benz EQC are but to be introduced
Electrification is thy title of the sport! And most luxurious carmakers are taking this sport very significantly! Enter Mercedes-Benz EQC, the primary ever totally electrical mannequin from the corporate. And we drove it at size final yr in Norway. Again then, the EQC impressed us with its vary and efficiency and now, we had the possibility to check it on house turf. Will there be vary nervousness? Will the EQC be capable to tackle Indian roads? We spent a while with the automobile within the Delhi NCR area and tried to reply these questions.
What’s the EQC?
The Mercedes-Benz EQC might very properly be the primary luxurious electrical SUV to be launched in India. Globally, Mercedes has been fairly late to the electrical get together whereas its rivals already had fashions doing properly. Audi had the e-tron, Jaguar had the i-Tempo and Tesla had the mannequin X. The Audi e-tron was revealed in India a few yr in the past, however hasn’t been launched but, whereas the EQC, sources inform us, is more likely to be launched in October 2020.
One should point out that the EQC is loosely based mostly on the GLC and that’s evident in the truth that each vehicles share the identical platform and comparable design too. Plus, it made sense to adapt an present automobile platform so as to hold prices to a minimal and scale back R&D price range too. However, the EQC will come to India as a totally constructed unit and properly, we count on the pricing to replicate that!
Motors and Battery
The EQC will get two asynchronous motors, one at every axle and the mixed energy output is 402 bhp. Mercedes claims a 0-100 kmph dash time of simply 5.1 seconds. The entrance motor is tuned for offering optimum, environment friendly efficiency whereas the rear motor is employed to supply a extra dynamic really feel when driving. Speaking concerning the battery, the EQC will get an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which weighs 652 kg and is mounted on the ground. It packs in 384 particular person cells and is after all, water and mud resistant Mercedes-Benz gives a guaranty of 8 years for battery, which is an business first.
The very first thing that you just discover if you find yourself driving the EQC is the refinement. It’s a actually refined automobile and extra so as a result of there isn’t any noise of the engine and rustle of the tyres and the hum of the motors barely filters by means of to the cabin. So the refinement ranges are actually, actually good. And other than that, as is the case with all electrical vehicles, notably, the EQC, the throttle response quite is completely sharp. All the ability and all of the torque is actually at your footstep.
The mash of the throttle and all 760 newton metres of peak torque is offered from the phrase go! Meaning overtaking is completely pleasant. And if you’re speaking concerning the vary, it’s about 450 kilometres after which some extra, in keeping with the WLTP cycle. The low placement of the battery signifies that the centre of gravity is low and that in flip means the automobile is secure at excessive speeds, be it going straight or round a nook. Plus, to accommodate the load, the chassis has been made stiffer as properly.
So if we had been to speak concerning the experience high quality of the EQC, I’d say that it’s nonetheless very European, in a way that once you drive this SUV on Indian roads, the experience high quality is barely bouncy. The suspension doesn’t fairly iron out all of the undulations on the street. Potholes, bumps and so forth and so forth! Even the steering, the suggestions from the steering just isn’t that nice.
The silhouette of the EQC is that of a typical SUV crossover and so is the stance. Extra sporty than muscular! The entrance finish of the EQC is certain to attract consideration, purely due to the design. It’s instantly recognisable as a Mercedes SUV and but, very completely different from the familial design that every one Mercedes SUVs get.
The massive grille with thick chrome encompass and the pistol-shaped LED headlights look cool and so do the blue alloy wheels. The rear design may be very uninspiring although. Nothing that stands out, aside from the rear LED taillights being related by an LED strip. Total then it is not distinctive however there is a sense of modernity.
The modernity seeps into the cabin as properly and it is each bit premium. The dashboard will get a minimalist design, with the twin 12.3-inch screens angled in the direction of the driving force. What actually caught our eye had been the neat bronze-coloured components on the AC vents which appears to be like very elegant. The general structure is just like that of the opposite Merc SUVs. The standard of upholstery, the seats themselves really feel plush and welcoming.
Like another Mercedes-Benz SUV, the EQC is loaded with know-how. Up first is the most recent model of MBUX, which makes the SUV related. We tried connecting our smartphone to the automobile by way of the Mercedes Me app and all of the capabilities comparable to locking-unlocking the automobile, opening the sunroof and the home windows and even checking the cost left within the battery, they work as marketed. Although, there’s a slight delay from the time you enter the command on the app, until the time the command is definitely executed.
Plus you have got the same old checklist of options comparable to entrance seat massagers, a premium Burmester audio system and smartphone connectivity within the type of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Whereas the entrance seats are well-bolstered, the rear seats should not precisely comfy and will have supplied little extra space. By way of security, the EQC will get 7 airbags as customary together with a bunch of energetic and passive driver help methods.
One of the simplest ways to cost the EQC is to plug it in at a public DC quick charger, which supplies the automobile 80 per cent cost in about an hour and full cost takes rather less than two hours. Should you had been to make use of a wall-box charger, the EQC takes round 10-11 hours to cost totally.
An electrical luxurious SUV, just like the Mercedes-Benz EQC goes to be possibility for the wealthy and the rich. The EQC gives very refined driving expertise, had stable efficiency and though the design might have been somewhat higher and the experience high quality as properly. However all issues thought of, it is a superb SUV be it driving dynamics or consolation for that matter. And Mercedes-Benz is attempting its greatest to get first mover benefit in such a distinct segment phase.