2020 Mercedes EQC electric SUV first India drive impressions

Rodolfo Schellin

The Mercedes EQC, the brand’s first standalone all-electrical passenger car, will shortly be released in India. It’s also the first luxurious EV to go on sale in this article, and will be an vital manufacturer builder for Mercedes which, amongst other things, has performed properly to leapfrog its rivals. Indian industry aside, even so, the German luxurious car maker has been late to the luxurious EV occasion. A significant distance driving Tesla, which has long gone from zero to a million cars in a very limited span of time, Mercedes has a ton of catching up to do.

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Mercedes’ first foray in the all-electrical luxurious SUV phase.

Luckily for us, the appetite for luxurious electrical cars only appears to be rising. Born of enough getting energy, the promise of environmentally friendly ‘space age’ tech and the actuality that most luxurious-car clients can easily install house chargers, need for luxurious EVs is on the increase. But what specifically does Merc’s imported EQC bring to the table in this article in India? And is it really worth the premium it is most likely to command?   

What is it?

Dependent on the Mercedes GLC and not a devoted EV platform, the EQC comes with a modern-day flat battery put among the wheels, twin asynchronous or induction motors, considerably like you would find on a Tesla (1 for each and every axle), and four-wheel travel. Electrical energy is saved in the enormous 85kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It consists of 384 cells and weighs in at a critically hefty 652kg which is the kerb excess weight of a Maruti 800. The blended output from the twin motors stands at 408hp, and even much more vital is that torque is a enormous 765Nm. Think twin-turbo diesel V8.

Apparently, the front electrical motor is engineered to deliver increased efficiency, when cruising and the 1 at the rear is tuned to supply much more efficiency. This is why, when cruising at a constant pace, the EQC is pushed nearly exclusively by the front motor. But, commence to accelerate, even carefully, and the rear motor quickly will take above. The EQC also gets torque vectoring to increase traction, a selection of five driver modes (with Activity at 1 conclude and Max Assortment at the other), and as on other EVs, you can adjust brake regeneration by using a pair of paddles on the wheel.

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Overall blended output from the two motors is 408hp and 765Nm of peak torque.

With signature LED lights up front that run about the headlights and grille, the EQC will certainly stand out in a group. Increase in the piano black grille and the twenty-inch wheels with their blue detailing, and EQC looks even much more spectacular. The sea-smoothened search is effective properly about the rear, the bumper juts out nicely to create a strong base and the Porsche-like connected tail-lights stand out as well. But when the design is placing and gets your consideration, it doesn’t shout Mercedes-Benz. In actuality, cover the badge and you will wrestle to recognize it as a Mercedes. Anoraks (like us) will also recognize there is a new font made use of on the badge at the rear, the coefficient of drag of this SUV stands at an extraordinary .27cd, and the battery cooling system has a cubic capability of six-eight litres.

What is it like inside?

The EQC’s inside strikes a better balance among traditional Mercedes and new-age electrical. Common Mercedes bits contain the flat-panel shows (for infotainment and instrumentation) that are joined at the hip, the black and aluminum a few-spoke steering wheel, and the chromed and knurled switches on the central console. Even the trackpad and the toggle switches are typical Merc fare.

New bits contain bronzed, flute-shaped inserts in the vents, a much more steeply raked sprint, a ribbed complete on the higher door pad and the optional, new-age products for the seats. But when the cabin evidently does search ‘techy’ and modern-day, Merc’s refined touch of course has taken a little bit of a back seat in this article.     

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The inside is familiar, but decidedly modern-day.

Place is identical on the inside to the GLC and since the two cars are constructed on the similar wheelbase, legroom at the rear in this article is enough and identical as well. The seat is a little bit low, because of to the floor currently being raised somewhat for the battery, but it is also quite relaxed with enough thigh help and a nicely reclined backrest. The EQC also gets the most recent edition of Merc’s MBUX system, which in this article gets a new ‘EQ’ sub menu.

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Legroom at the rear is enough and the seat is relaxed although the floor has been somewhat raised to accommodate the underfloor battery pack.

Even though the comprehensive element listing hasn’t been declared for the EQC, and the cars that go on sale will be various from the kinds we are driving, we can affirm you will get functions like seven airbags, Attention Help, related car tech, a sunroof and a voice assistant. Radar-based mostly cruise management, a few dimensional maps and the Heads Up Display, even so, will not make it to the element listing. Potential buyers will get an eight-calendar year battery ‘cover’ although.

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What is it like to travel?

Higher refinement is 1 of the pillars on which the Mercedes-Benz manufacturer has been constructed. The E-course, the S-course, and even the C-course, for illustration, evidently feel much more refined than their rivals. And this is legitimate of the EQC as properly. Extra insulation has been made use of to encapsulate the cabin, the electrical motors use rubber mounts for better sounds suppression and the EQC also gets double-glazed home windows that further enable mute appears from outdoors, so the EQC feels specially refined on the transfer. Tyre roar is superbly suppressed, the two at medium and significant speeds, there is very minor wind sounds and then, even on ‘textured’ surfaces, highway sounds isn’t as well considerably.

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Cabin insulation is exceptional.

In common electric car trend, the EQC also feels very torquey in ‘Sport’ method. That first strike of thrust is in the vicinity of prompt and quite sturdy, and if you maintain the strain on the accelerator pedal, when the charge of acceleration plateaus, the EQC still pulls forward in 1 seamless surge. Desire there was a little bit much more in the way of drama although the clinical efficiency is so chilly, driving it nearly feels like a non-event. And which is in spite of the SUV currently being able of executing -100kph in five.one seconds. The EQC is also very linear and smooth, so driving it at medium speeds is quick and calming.

Also, when the EQC has enough grip, the steering is a little bit aloof, and the two.four-tonne EQC rolls a little bit in tighter corners. Still, Merc’s first all-electrical SUV feels neat, secure and predictable. It isn’t entertaining to travel, for each se, but you do are likely to delight in the sturdy efficiency and carrying pace very easily into corners feels fantastic as well.

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The EQC pulls forward from standstill in 1 seamless surge.

With the hefty battery slung among the wheels, trip at particular speeds and above considerably less-than-great surfaces is marginal it doesn’t quite flatten the highway successfully, there is generally some pitter patter or up-and-down motion, and what is worse is that it also feels a little bit jittery above smaller bumps.

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Underslung battery pack signifies you are going to have to navigate pace breakers with treatment.

A much more really serious issue involved with the underslung battery is the bad floor clearance. Minimal plenty of to get the battery to ‘thunk’ onto pace breakers, this is a issue you don’t hope to come upon with an SUV. So recognizing these pace breakers early is vital, you have to crawl above gingerly and even some lousy roadways have to have to be pushed above with caution.

Assortment and charging

The EQC has a claimed vary of upwards of 450km. Even though this is evidently a little bit optimistic, you can hope a real-environment vary of about 350-375km, when the EQC is pushed in a thorough manner. Mercedes will deliver and install a wall-box charger at your residence, and when that functions at seven.5Kw and will take ten hrs for a comprehensive demand, you can also demand by using a typical 15A plug at three.4Kw, having a leisurely 21 hrs. Of study course, you will not generally demand a fully drained battery, so these occasions can be halved in actuality. And Mercedes is also planning to set up a number of 50Kw fast chargers on preferred routes outdoors town, where by a coffee quit could get you a quick ‘top-up’ for a lengthy journey. 

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A real-wrold vary of about 350-370km can be anticipated.  

Should I get 1?

At an anticipated selling price of about Rs one crore, the EQC will be high priced. This is especially legitimate if you look at that Mercedes sells its have comprehensive-measurement seven-seat luxurious SUV, the GLS, for about the similar selling price. Then there is the floor clearance difficulty you just can not travel it with abandon like you would travel a typical SUV and, for a car at this selling price, it isn’t specifically element-abundant possibly.

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Getting a luxurious EV currently, even so, is much more about building a statement, and in this article the EQC hits the ball out of the park. The combo punch of the Mercedes manufacturer, all-electrical travel and an SUV profile really should find a great deal of takers. And it even drives properly. Easy, silent and  extremely refined, it feels as hushed on the inside as some of Merc’s flagship cars. And then, when you put your foot down, there is a great deal of efficiency as well. In actuality, buyer reaction is so fantastic, Merc insiders say they have presently bought a healthy amount of cars. The shift to electrical cars looks to have started.

Also see:

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC India movie assessment

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-course revealed

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