Electrification is thy title of the sport! And most luxurious carmakers are taking this recreation very severely! Enter Mercedes-Benz EQC, the primary ever totally electrical mannequin from the corporate. And we drove it at size final 12 months in Norway. Again then, the EQC impressed us with its vary and efficiency and now, we had the possibility to check it on dwelling turf. Will there be vary nervousness? Will the EQC be capable of tackle Indian roads? We spent a while with the automotive within the Delhi NCR area and tried to reply these questions.
What’s the EQC?
The Mercedes-Benz EQC may very nicely be the primary luxurious electrical SUV to be launched in India. Globally, Mercedes has been fairly late to the electrical celebration whereas its rivals already had fashions doing nicely. 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 couple of 12 months in the past, however hasn’t been launched but, whereas the EQC, sources inform us, is prone to be launched in October 2020.
One should point out that the EQC is loosely primarily based on the GLC and that’s evident in the truth that each automobiles share the identical platform and comparable design too. Plus, it made sense to adapt an present automotive platform with the intention to maintain prices to a minimal and cut back R&D price range too. However, the EQC will come to India as a totally constructed unit and nicely, we anticipate the pricing to mirror 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 in fact, water and dirt resistant Mercedes-Benz affords a guaranty of eight years for battery, which is an business first.
The very first thing that you simply discover when you find yourself driving the EQC is the refinement. It’s a actually refined automotive 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 to the cabin. So the refinement ranges are actually, actually good. And aside from that, as is the case with all electrical automobiles, notably, the EQC, the throttle response somewhat 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 out there 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 line with the WLTP cycle. The low placement of the battery implies that the centre of gravity is low and that in flip means the automotive 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 nicely.
So if we have been to speak concerning the journey high quality of the EQC, I’d say that it’s nonetheless very European, in a way that if you drive this SUV on Indian roads, the journey 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 sure 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 large grille with thick chrome encompass and the pistol-shaped LED headlights look cool and so do the blue alloy wheels. The rear design could be very uninspiring although. Nothing that stands out, aside from the rear LED taillights being linked by an LED strip. General then it isn’t distinctive however there is a sense of modernity.
The modernity seeps into the cabin as nicely 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 motive force. What actually caught our eye have been the neat bronze-coloured components on the AC vents which seems to be very elegant. The general structure is much 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 expertise. Up first is the newest model of MBUX, which makes the SUV linked. We tried connecting our smartphone to the automotive by way of the Mercedes Me app and all of the features corresponding to locking-unlocking the automotive, 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’ve got the same old record of options corresponding 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 snug and will have supplied little extra space. By way of security, the EQC will get 7 airbags as normal together with a bunch of lively and passive driver help programs.
One of the simplest ways to cost the EQC is to plug it in at a public DC quick charger, which supplies the automotive 80 per cent cost in about an hour and full cost takes rather less than two hours. If you happen to have 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 choice for the wealthy and the rich. The EQC affords very refined driving expertise, had stable efficiency and though the design may have been a bit higher and the journey high quality as nicely. However all issues thought-about, this can be a superb SUV be it driving dynamics or consolation for that matter. And Mercedes-Benz is making an attempt its greatest to get first mover benefit in such a distinct segment phase.
Funnily sufficient, now Indian SUV fans have an electrical SUV to select from in virtually each phase. Beginning with the Tata Nexon EV within the subcompact SUV area, then you’ve got the Hyundai Kona and the MG ZS EV within the compact SUV phase and at last, the EQC, which is a luxurious electrical SUV. The excellent news is that the smaller EVs have been acquired very nicely and it will not be a shock if we see the Mercedes-Benz EQC on Indian roads from time to time.