Electrification is thy identify of the sport! And most luxurious carmakers are taking this sport very critically! Enter Mercedes-Benz EQC, the primary ever totally electrical mannequin from the corporate. And we drove it at size final 12 months in Norway. Back then, the EQC impressed us with its vary and efficiency and now, we had the prospect to check it on house turf. Will there be vary anxiousness? Will the EQC be capable to tackle Indian roads? We spent a while with the automotive within the Delhi NCR area and tried to reply these questions.
What is the EQC?
The Mercedes-Benz EQC might very properly be the primary luxurious electrical SUV to be launched in India. Globally, Mercedes has been fairly late to the electrical social gathering whereas its rivals already had fashions doing properly. Audi had the e-tron, Jaguar had the i-Pace and Tesla had the mannequin X. The Audi e-tron was revealed in India a couple of 12 months in the past, however hasn’t been launched but, whereas the EQC, sources inform us, is prone to be launched in October 2020.
One should point out that the EQC is loosely primarily based on the GLC and that’s evident in the truth that each automobiles share the identical platform and comparable design too. Plus, it made sense to adapt an current automotive platform in an effort to hold prices to a minimal and cut back R&D funds too. But, the EQC will come to India as a totally constructed unit and properly, we count on the pricing to replicate that!
Motors and Battery
The EQC will get two asynchronous motors, one at every axle and the mixed energy output is 402 bhp. Mercedes claims a 0-100 kmph dash time of simply 5.1 seconds. The entrance motor is tuned for offering optimum, environment friendly efficiency whereas the rear motor is employed to supply a extra dynamic really feel when driving. Talking in regards to the battery, the EQC will get an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which weighs 652 kg and is mounted on the ground. It packs in 384 particular person cells and is in fact, water and dirt resistant Mercedes-Benz gives a guaranty of 8 years for battery, which is an trade first.
The very first thing that you simply discover if you end up driving the EQC is the refinement. It is a extremely refined automotive and extra so as a result of there isn’t a noise of the engine and rustle of the tyres and the hum of the motors barely filters by to the cabin. So the refinement ranges are actually, actually good. And aside from that, as is the case with all electrical automobiles, significantly, the EQC, the throttle response slightly is totally sharp. All the ability and all of the torque is actually at your footstep.
The mash of the throttle and all 760 newton metres of peak torque is obtainable from the phrase go! That means overtaking is totally pleasant. And if you’re speaking in regards to the vary, it’s about 450 kilometres after which some extra, in line with the WLTP cycle. The low placement of the battery signifies that the centre of gravity is low and that in flip means the automotive is steady at excessive speeds, be it going straight or round a nook. Plus, to accommodate the burden, the chassis has been made stiffer as properly.
So if we have been to speak in regards to the experience high quality of the EQC, I’d say that it’s nonetheless very European, in a way that once you drive this SUV on Indian roads, the experience high quality is barely bouncy. The suspension doesn’t fairly iron out all of the undulations on the highway. Potholes, bumps and so forth and so forth! Even the steering, the suggestions from the steering shouldn’t be that nice.
The silhouette of the EQC is that of a typical SUV crossover and so is the stance. More sporty than muscular! The entrance finish of the EQC is certain to attract consideration, purely due to the design. It is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes SUV and but, very totally different from the familial design that each one Mercedes SUVs get.
The huge grille with thick chrome encompass and the pistol-formed LED headlights look cool and so do the blue alloy wheels. The rear design may be very uninspiring although. Nothing that stands out, aside from the rear LED taillights being related by an LED strip. Overall then it isn’t distinctive however there is a sense of modernity.
The modernity seeps into the cabin as properly and it is each bit premium. The dashboard will get a minimalist design, with the twin 12.3-inch screens angled in the direction of the driving force. What actually caught our eye have been the neat bronze-colored components on the AC vents which appears to be like very elegant. The general structure is just like that of the opposite Merc SUVs. The high quality of upholstery, the seats themselves really feel plush and alluring.
Like another Mercedes-Benz SUV, the EQC is loaded with know-how. Up first is the newest model of MBUX, which makes the SUV related. We tried connecting our smartphone to the automotive through the Mercedes Me app and all of the capabilities similar to locking-unlocking the automotive, opening the sunroof and the home windows and even checking the cost left within the battery, they work as marketed. Though, there’s a slight delay from the time you enter the command on the app, until the time the command is definitely executed.
Plus you could have the same old checklist of options similar to entrance seat massagers, a premium Burmester audio system and smartphone connectivity within the type of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the entrance seats are properly-bolstered, the rear seats usually are not precisely snug and will have supplied little extra space. In phrases of security, the EQC will get 7 airbags as customary together with a bunch of energetic and passive driver help methods.
The finest approach to cost the EQC is to plug it in at a public DC quick charger, which provides the automotive 80 per cent cost in about an hour and full cost takes rather less than two hours. If you have been to make use of a wall-field charger, the EQC takes round 10-11 hours to cost totally.
An electrical luxurious SUV, just like the Mercedes-Benz EQC goes to be an excellent choice for the wealthy and the rich. The EQC gives very refined driving expertise, had stable efficiency and though the design might have been just a little higher and the experience high quality as properly. But all issues thought-about, this can be a excellent SUV be it driving dynamics or consolation for that matter. And Mercedes-Benz is making an attempt its finest to get an excellent first mover benefit in such a distinct segment phase.
Funnily sufficient, now Indian SUV fanatics have an electrical SUV to select from in virtually each phase. Starting with the Tata Nexon EV within the subcompact SUV house, then you could have the Hyundai Kona and the MG ZS EV within the compact SUV phase and eventually, the EQC, which is a luxurious electrical SUV. The excellent news is that the smaller EVs have been acquired very properly and it will not be a shock if we see the Mercedes-Benz EQC on Indian roads once in a while.