The Mercedes-Benz EQC has been revealed, the first of 10 electric cars promised by the German brand.
Set to go on UK sale in the third quarter of 2019, EQC prices are predicted to start at around £68,000.
The EQC is evolved from a concept first shown at the Paris motor show in 2016 and the first production all-electric Mercedes.
The basis of the EQC is the GLC SUV’s platform, but significantly modified. While the wheelbase is retained, the new car is some 10cm longer and 30cm lower than the conventional GLC, with a more aerodynamic shape.
According to its makers, EQ stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’ and both the drivetrain and the visual appearance, dubbed ‘Progressive luxury’ will be replicated on a forthcoming range of EQ models.
A major visual signature is a black panel on the front that encompasses the grille and headlamps – these are connected by an optical fibre across the top of the panels hat provides an almost continuous light signature at night.
The interior design is predicted to be replicated in a facelift version of the GLC due on sale in 2019.
Using a compact electric drivetrain will also free up significant extra practicality in the EQC, taking advantage of the space liberated by removing the conventional engine and transmission. The 500-litre boot space is almost 80 litres more than in the GLC.
Two electric motors are employed in the car, one on each axle to provide an all-wheel-drive powertrain. Total output is 300kW, equivalent to 408hp and with 765Nm of peak torque, sending the EQC from rest to 62mph in 5.1 seconds and onto a 112mph limited top speed.
Mercedes also promises a range of more than 450km, which equates to 279 miles with a zero CO2 emissions figure. However, this is on the current NEDC cycle – in ‘real world’ driving the range between charges is likely to be closer to 200 miles.
EQC variants will be equipped as standard with a 7.4kW onboard charger for home charging or at public charging stations. The car will also be able to be charged at stations with outputs of up to 110kW, boosting capacity form 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes.