A first of its kind from the German company, THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR finally made its debut in India in October 2020. Marketed under the company’s electric vehicle brand EQ, this will also be the first electric luxury car to be sold in India for the first time. While the introductory prices for the SUV first started at around Rs. 99.0 lacs, it is now generally estimated to be around Rs. 1.04 Crore.
Despite not being a custom made electrical vehicle, Mercedes-Benz EQC is certainly comfortable and refined. But since it doesn’t take advantage of typical EV designs and packaging opportunities, users have claimed it to be relatively restrictive. Wondering which is the best electric car company, Mercedes Benz is making its position by launching THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR.
With similar proportions, the EQC almost feels like any other SUVs from Mercedes, except with silent electric power. In some ways, it feels like an electrified reinvention of one of the popular Mercedes models, the GLC. This may feel non-innovative on their part, considering the adaptation but you get the real treat in the details on the body, motors, thermal system and electronics. After all, this model is aimed towards those seeking a smooth, efficient and a safe drive. Lookout for THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR.
Additionally, for a posh electric SUV, this Mercedes model is quite small. And yet it is the heaviest of the lot. This is due to the fact that the GLC steel tube replicas of the combustion car’s engine block and gearbox housing mostly enclose fresh air rather than pistons and gears. But you needn’t worry about the extra weight since it doesn’t greatly affect range because you can regenerate more from a heavy car.
EXTERIOR FEATURES: THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with a multi-slat grille with a chrome surround, along with LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. To signify its electric nature, the SUV gets a set of 20-inch alloy wheels that come with blue elements. While the rear section comes with sleek LED tail lights connected by an LED strip and a tailgate.
Inside the cabin, the large 12.3-inch dual-screen display will immediately catch your eye. The SUV also gets a multi-functional steering wheel and a signature center console with the track pad to control other in-car functions. Other features include automatic climate control, power-adjustable seats with massage function, and a premium Burmester audio system and smartphone connectivity. In terms of safety, Mercedes-Benz EQC provides 7 airbags as standard along with a bunch of active and passive driver assistance systems.
DISPLAY FEATURES: THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
On the left side of the Widescreen cockpit, you get a high resolution touchscreen operation of the media display with intelligent voice control and natural speech recognition. The dial instrument on the left shows the speed along with the charge status and range while on the right, it displays the output and recuperation phases.
On the right side of the Widescreen cockpit, you can see the EQ tile as the central access point in the media display to control the specific display and settings. These include the charging current, departure time, energy flow and consumption histogram. Moreover, the Mercedes-Benz EQC optimized navigation, charge functions and the driving programs can be controlled via the media display.
The navigation screen also conveniently displays charging stations and, if there is an internet connection, you can even get additional information such as availability and opening times.
MBUX SYSTEM: THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
The new model comes with the latest groundbreaking technology called MBUX or Mercedes-Benz User Experience, for infotainment use. This system is capable of learning by itself due to the integration of artificial intelligence and is created for intuitive use. With its predictive functions, MBUX can anticipate your next task.
For eg. it records suggestions based on your regular choices while driving like switching over to a particular radio station or suggesting a frequently used number on the phone. Or if the navigation system detects a frequently taken route, navigation to this destination is suggested in the destination search screen. The driver then only needs to confirm, and the system will readily provide all the information on the route, such as traffic jams, etc.
Via MBUX, you can additionally control and set the optimized navigation, driving modes, charging capacity and departure time. You have the option to access many Mercedes-Benz EQC features in a special EQ tile of the MBUX display where they are grouped together. Alternatively, as mentioned earlier, you can also access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel.
DRIVING: THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
Its main appeal is definitely its refined features. The ever present motor whine is pleasantly absent and the high speed tire and the suspension noise are also brilliantly suppressed. Therefore, it makes for a relatively serene ride with the secondary harshness nicely filtered out, apart from the occasional bumps.
SPECIFICATIONS: THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
- Designed as an all wheel drive configuration, this new electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz has two motors positioned both at the front and the rear axles.
- The 80 kW lithium-ion battery unit behind the electric motors can provide a driving range of 450 km per when fully charged.
- The electric motors can generate a cumulative power of 402 bhp along with 765 Nm of peak torque.
- It is also capable of propelling the SUV to do a 0-100 kmph sprint in merely 5.1 seconds, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 180 kmph.
- There are three charging options – a 50kW DC fast charger, a 7.4kW AC wall charger, and a 2.4kW plug-in charger.
Details of THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
Fuel type – Electric | Max torque – 765 Nm | Transmission Type – Automatic | Max Power – 402.30 BHP | Drive Type – AWD
Seating Capacity – 5 | Body Type – SUV | Battery Capacity – 80 kWh | Motor Power – 20.8-19.7kWh/100km | Range – 455-471km
Motor Type – Two asynchronous three-phase AC motors | Battery Type – Lithium-ion | Gear Box – Single-speed transmission
Others features of THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
Power Steering | Power Windows Front | Anti Lock Braking System | Air Conditioner | Driver Airbag | Passenger Airbag | Automatic Climate Control | Fog Lights – Front | Alloy Wheels | Fast Charging. (Source: CarDekho)
Conclusion – THE LATEST MERCEDES BENZ EQC AVAILABLE AT 1 CR
It looks like the company didn’t seek out to revolutionize any style or space for Mercedes-Benz EQC. Instead it remained quite careful in the production of its first electric car through an adaptation of the GLC platform. The car uses electricity as its fuel, using the batteries to run this beast which is quite awesome.
But in spite of this, the details are refined to its best and Mercedes once again lived up to its name of creating some of the safest and smoothest rides in the industry. Moreover, its transition to environmental friendly vehicles is quite impressive.