The craze for electrified transportation is increasing day by day. Mercedes Benz has entered this market with its 2021 EQC. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is one of the quintessential compact SUVs for five, with most of its features similar to the gas-powered GLC-class.
EQC is a fully electric vehicle that doesn’t produce noise, smoothly accelerates, unlike other EVs Cars. Its Deluxe-like cabin with high-gloss plastics, captivating textiles, and new design are some of the attributes that won’t fail to impress buyers at the first instance. Though the final driving range hasn’t been announced, it is expected that EQC will have a driving range of around 350kms. Overall, the EQC is a perfect combination of Mercedes-Benz opulence and eco-friendly electrification vehicle for SUV buyers looking for eco-friendly options.
Mercedes EQC is the output of years of planning from Mercedes-Benz and to launch it in India is the result of the close watch on the Electric Vehicle demand here. The German giant wants its EV to play a major role in the EVs market in the years to come.
Santosh Iyer, Vice President, Sales, and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz India told the media at the launch, EQC is the start. The company feels that the Indian market is all set for luxury EVs. When Indians go to foreign countries and drive a Mercedes car, they want to come back and drive their favorite car in their home country as well.
Exterior of Mercedes Benz EQC
What makes this Mercedes-Benz EQC stand out from the crowd is the exterior design that has been designed to make it extra from the ordinary. The outer look of the Mercedes-Benz EQC helps it to lead the EV market.
When you take it on the road, it is recognizable from a distance. Its strong-built demonstrates the strength and overall look show elegance at the front instance with its grille and headlamps joined in a sleek black-panel surface at front, complemented by an LED Light Band across the top.
The three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star is positioned within the center of the front fascia. The EQC claims its performance abilities with its sporty look combined with an SUV look.
Interior of Mercedes Benz EQC
The EQC’s cabin is spacious enough as compared to its rivals such as the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. Strong-built, impeccable execution, and the quality of material used in the construction are worth praising. Mercedes hasn’t revealed the final cargo capacity yet. But if we see the cargo capacity of the GLC-class, it is expected that EQC will have around 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats.
As expected, the EQC comes with the latest tech features like SiriusXM satellite radio, a Burmester sound system as a part of its standard features. The cabin contains two 10.25-inch screens; one for the instrument cluster, and the other for the infotainment system. Both of them add a contemporary look to the cabin.
The touchscreen infotainment system replaces the central control knob often seen in older versions.
The EQC cabin may look normal, but the company has added some classic-looking rubberized fabric stuff on the dash and seats to add comfort.
The front seats are high enough for drivers and passengers to see the road ahead without any obstacles. The boot size is good.
An amazing head-up display, the pricey trim levels, and the quiet ambiance allow you to enjoy the quality Burmester hifi system.
Mercedes-Benz EQC hasn’t compromised on the connectivity. It comes loaded with the groundbreaking multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience optimized with EQ capabilities like clear display of range, energy flow, and charge status.
Mercedes me Charge option allows you to search and find charging nearby stations. The Mercedes me connect App can be used to access the Pre-entry climate control system. This helps you to set the climate inside before you enter your car.
Engine of Mercedes-Benz EQC
The EQC is driven by two electric motors with a lithium-ion battery. One-speed direct-drive transmission gives power to all four wheels. This powertrain generates a total output of 402 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of maximum torque.
The company claims that EQC will reach 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds. EQC under the Mercedes-Benz tag maintains a perfect balance between athleticism and comfort. It rides smoothly on rough surfaces. You will be surprised to know that handling this car is so sharp enough to keep you entertained throughout your journey.
When charging the battery at home, the company claims that the EQC can recharge from 10% to 100% in 10 hours. If using a standard DC fast-charger, the battery takes 40 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%.
An 80kWh lithium-ion battery powers the EQC to match your driving performance. You get 5 driving modes options-COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT, and INDIVIDUAL.
Safety in Mercedes Benz EQC
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC comes loaded with all of the safety features that are required to keep the driver and the passenger safe and comfortable during travel. There are safety systems like driver-assistance that can save passengers from accidents.
There are other key safety features like the availability of blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control to drive stress-free on highways, and much more.
Pricing of Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes EQC has been launched in India for ₹99.30 lakh (ex-showroom price, India, for first 50 units only). In phase 1, it will be available in six cities including Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, and Hyderabad. The EQC is the entry-level SUV of Mercedes-Benz and is the first Electric Vehicle in the luxury car market. With a driving range of 350 kilometers and 8 years of warranty on the battery pack, Mercedes EQC is determined to lead the EV market which is now visible in India.
Mercedes EQC is the first EV of the company and it has been very cautious before launching it in the EV market. EQC adopts many features from the GLC platform so there aren’t many changes in the revolutionary style or cabin space most buyers would hope for.
The fine details of the Mercedes-Benz EQC’s refined drivetrain and chassis make it a comfortable car to drive in. And Mercedes has used the latest technology to get energy from power points instead of petrol stations.
It may not be a sporty car to drive but is the best pick if you are looking for an environment-friendly electric vehicle.