This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show has proven to be quite the show for Mercedes-Benz, with the brand unveiling a fully electric S-Class named EQS (more on that soon) and the new GLE350de 4Matic diesel-hybrid. Alongside these two, however, they’ve also displayed their upcoming EQC electric SUV. Set for public release next year, we couldn’t help but take a closer look.
The first of 10 electric models that will join the Mercedes-Benz range before 2025, how could we not be excited? We’ve actually known about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC for quite some time now; with motor journalists having already got their hands on production-ready versions for road tests (the results being very encouraging).
Power comes from an 80kWh lithium-ion battery that sends power to two electric motors – one on each axle. These two motors combine to feed a total of 402bhp and 564lb ft of torque to all-four wheels and subsequently grant the EQC a 0-62mph sprint time (in sport mode) of just 5.1seconds; which is impressive considering the 2,425kg kerb weight of this five-seat SUV.
The battery is good for a WLTP-certified range of 259 miles and can be charged by either the standard onboard 7.4kW AC charger (connected to the mains or a high-voltage charger) or up to 110kW under DC charging. The latter offers the ability to charge from 10% - 80% in as little as 40 minutes.
Ensuring that the EQC is a versatile SUV, Mercedes-Benz say that it has a towing capacity of 1,800kg and the ability to comfortably seat five adults and 515kg of their luggage. Boot size is also very healthy, with a claimed 500 litres on offer – that’s 79 more litres than the GLC.
Owing to the futuristic nature of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the entire cabin has been upgraded and features a large new ‘all-in-one’ digital instrument and infotainment panel and a multi-function steering wheel that features touchpads where you’d usually find buttons.
Filled with luxurious materials, the cabin seeks to combine the latest in style with the latest in technology - something it does very well.
With the public release of the Mercedes-Benz EQC growing ever closer, we can’t help but look forward to seeing one of these in the metal. If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC be sure to check out Sytner Mercedes-Benz’s new car page or contact your local Sytner Mercedes-Benz dealership below: