The Mercedes EQC crossover, part of Mercedes-Benz's $12 billion electric-car push, will put pressure on Tesla as the California-based carmaker struggles to ramp up the Model 3 and make a profit. It will have two separate electric motors, one powering the front wheels and another for the back wheels.
According to Germany-based automaker, the EQC's styling, with a low waistline and a rear roof recess, place it between an SUV and SUV-coupe in terms of looks. "The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs through dynamic select, each with different characteristics: comfort, eco, max range, sport and individual for an individually customizable program".
Other onboard technology will include the MBUX infotainment system, and specific EQ services such as pre-entry climate control and EQ-optimised sat-nav.
Together, they generate an output of 402bhp of power and a maximum torque of 765Nm.
The EQC's range on a single charge is just 200 miles, versus as much as 295 miles for the Model X. It goes from zero to 60 in 5 seconds, versus 4.7 seconds for the Model X. And the EQC's top speed is capped at 111 mph, versus 130 mph for the Model X. Boot capacity, meanwhile, comes in at a claimed 500 litres.
An 80 kWh lithium-ion battery provides the juice for both electric motors. The battery consists of 384 cells and is located in the vehicle floor, between the two axles.
As standard, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7,4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.
The Advanced and Twin wallboxes will have additional features such as internet-capability and a built-in electricity meter.
Production is scheduled to start next year at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.
The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla's to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach about 50,000 cars this year and nearly double that in 2019.
The cabin design sees an evolution of the wide floating screen layout first introduced in the A-Class, which does away with a traditional instrument cowl, and there are some unique touches like ribbed edges inspired by the cooling ribs of an amplifier and key-shaped air vents with rosé-gold coloured louvres.
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