The First luxury EV available to Indian audience – Mercedes-Benz EQC. Can EQC bring a revolution in premium electric segment?
EQ stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’ and represents Mercedes-Benz in its most progressive way. Phase 1 launch of EQC has been done in 6 major cities of India at an introductory price of Rs 99.30 lakh which is applicable for the first 50 customers only. Does it worth the money?
EQC is one of its kinds but the overall design is very similar to the Mercedes GLC. Both have the same profile but vary in slight design aspects and with unique wheels. Also the front and back have very distinctive designs and features which distinguish it from the GLC.
Interior space is almost similar to GLC. But doesn’t have acres of rear-seat space due to the floor being raised slightly for the battery, but it is also quite comfortable for three adults.
Interior features are almost similar to all the Mercedes products, including the center console and the multimedia display. Still the EQC’s interior is better when comparing to traditional Mercedes. New additions include bronzed, flute shaped inserts in the vents, a more steeply raked dash, a ribbed finish on the upper door pad and the optional, new age materials for the seats.
The EQC gets the latest version of Merc’s MBUX system, which here gets a new ‘EQ’ sub menu.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is offered in a single powertrain option – Mercedes-Benz EQC 400. It uses two electric motors, each positioned at the front and rear axles, that are powered by an 80kW lithium-ion battery. The electric motors generate a cumulative power of 402 bhp along with 765 Nm of peak torque. When fully charged, the company claims that the SUV offers a driving range of 450 – 471 km. It reaches 0-100 kmph in just 5.1 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 180 kmph.
The time needed to charge the EQC from 10% to 100% varies from up to 21 hours with a portable charger, to 10 hours with an AC wall box, and 90 minutes with a 110kW DC fast charger.
EQC, there is everything to be expected from Mercedes Benz. Completely tech loaded and has user friendly driving dynamics. The main thing you notice while driving for the first time is the quietness in the cabin because of the lack of engine noise. The electric motor gives you utter silence, but you’ll get used to it quite quickly.
With its 402 bhp and 765 Nm of torque, the EQC’s acceleration is enough to stick you into your seat that you should keep an eye on with the quiet nature of your driving experience. EQC is quick and a surprising one, considering it weighs 2.5 tonnes. You also have to contend with the low ground clearance resulting in scraping over the large speed breakers, if you are not careful.
We felt EQC will be a lifestyle choice than considering it as an electric vehicle. If you want a luxury EV in your garage then there is no better recommendation than Mercedes-Benz EQC.