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Mercedes EQC electric SUV debuts – Aims to rival Tesla’s dominance upon launch

Mercedes EQC is a luxury electric vehicle which is the production variant of the Generation EQ concept concept. It is the company’s first foray into the electric vehicle arena and is the first model from Daimler owned Mercedes new product and technology brand, EQ.

EQC is a battery electric vehicle which will be released in markets by late 2019. It has been tested in varying climatic conditions and is previewed with a large black panel surface enclosing headlamps and grille.

The new Mercedes Electric Car has fiber optic lights connected to the LED headlamps. It is also noted with a flowing body structure, front fender vents, a dramatic roofline, high gloss aluminum window surrounds and a charging port located near the tail lamp on passenger side. Roof rails, otherwise a common feature on crossovers, does not appear on the EQC so as to enhance dynamics while alloy wheels are of 19”-21” sizes. Styling to the rear includes a tail gate mounted spoiler, sleek tail lamps and black plastic bumper with chrome accents.

Interiors of the Mercedes EQC sport a 3 spoke steering wheel design, two 10.25” displays and a host of other features that set the EQC apart from the company’s regular models. These include a rose gold color on air vent louvers, metallic ribs on music system and ribbed pattern wraps around the entire dashboard and doors.

Ambient lighting system, indigo blue and beige interior color scheme with Sunnyvale upholstery and a Burmester audio system are also among the features seen on this exclusive model. Buyers will also have to option of real leather seats and faux carbon fiber trim and AMG mats.

Mercedes EQC has electric motors that power each axle. These combine to offer total output of 402 hp and 564 lb/ft torque. The all wheel drive system ensures acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 180 kmph. With the 80 kWh lithium ion battery pack the EQC can travel upto 450 kms in the New European Driving Cycle.

In terms of charging, the EQC sports a water cooled onboard charger with capacity of 7.4 kW. Via the Mercedes Benz Wallbox, the Mercedes EQC can be charged from 10-80 percent in a matter of 40 minutes. Production will be conducted from Bremen, Germany and at the Beijing Benz Automotive facility in China. No launch dates or prices have been revealed as on date.

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