Mercedes-Benz joins the growing electric vehicle market with innovative bespoke new car
- All-new EQC coming to the UK late 2019
- Electric crossover is Merc’s first full EQ car
- Claimed range of 280 miles, 408hp
- Not exactly exciting to look at
- Slightly less (claimed) range than Jaguar I-Pace
- You'll have a wait if you want one
This is the first of Mercedes’ new all-electric car range: the new EQC. The crossover SUV will become a rival to the likes of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, and will face up against other German rivals next year in the shape of the Audi e-Tron and the BMW iX3.
The new EQC is just one part of Mercedes’ plan to develop a range of electric cars between now and 2022, with saloons and hatchbacks expected within that time frame.
Mercedes EQC: design and interior
To some in the know, this will look recognisable. The new EQC has a very similar shape to the current Mercedes GLC SUV, and uses styling elements from the EQ Concept the brand showed the world in 2016. Merc’s designers say that the front end is the most striking element, and felt compelled to give it a grille like a conventional car, otherwise it would be ‘faceless’.
Inside, there are plenty of details from Merc cars already on sale like the MBUX infotainment system first pioneered on the new A-Class. Rose gold air vents and sports clothing-like materials are used, as are recycled plastic bottles for seat upholstery.
The infotainment system has been recalibrated to pay attention to your current charge and plot routes that have public charging stations along the way, and there are five driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco, Max Range and Individual. Drivers can pull the wheel-mounted paddles to adjust the level of brake regeneration.
Mercedes EQC: range, charging and performance
Under the bodyshell, there’s an 80kWh battery pack and two electric motors that provide all-wheel drive grip. There’s 408hp available, good for a brisk 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.1 seconds. For reference, that makes it almost as fast as an AMG GLC 43. As for range, Mercedes says the EQC can get up to 280 miles – 12 less than Jaguar claims for the I-Pace.
Every EQC is supplied with a 7.4kW on-board charging cable and has a CCS socket for fast charging, with Mercedes claiming a charge from 10-80% in around 40 minutes.
Mercedes EQC: price and release date
There will be two trim levels – Electric Art and AMG Line – available when the car becomes available to order in spring 2019. Deliveries are expected towards the end of that year.
Prices aren’t known yet, but expect a rough price of around £70,000.