The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first production electric crossover of the brand, but not the first electric vehicle.
The B-Class Electric Drive and Smart fortwo electric drive were the company’s first and successful attempts to create a city EV. Of course, they can’t outperform the Nissan Leaf, but the B-Class ED today has its firm market share, despite the high cost. Now the brand has its own EQ lineup and the EQC, its first series SUV recently presented.
Formally the model is a kind of electric version of the GLC. It received all the attributes of the brand’s new style and the EQ series shown earlier on the Generation EQ concept.
The newcomer has the GLC’s wheelbase (2,873 mm), a 80-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid cooling system, one motor for each axle with total 408 hp (300 kW) to provide more than 450 km of the driving range according to NEDC cycle. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and speeds up to top 180 km/h.
The car’s price, still unknown, will hardly be its advantage. We estimate it will be around €80,000. Judging by the market niche, the Mercedes should be cheaper than the Jaguar or Tesla, as it is smaller, or its price may be close to the Jaguar’s. At the same time, the EQC is the junior crossover, the EQG will be a senior one priced from €115,000.
Foremost oriented to the US market, the new Mercedes EQC will be a worthy rival to the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron. But currently the EQC with its 7.4 kW single-phase charger will be difficult to compete in Europe with three-phase charging on Tesla and the Tesla’s fast-charging infrastructure. We can’t exclude Mercedes will catch up an overtake Tesla’s charging infrastructure in 2-3 years.