We have been waiting for it for a long time now, and finally, here is the first purpose-built electric SUV of the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand EQ. It is called the Mercedes-Benz EQC and will act as a direct rival to Tesla's Model X on the market.

As the first representative of the EQ sub-brand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has got a completely new propulsion system with single-engine drive assemblies with asynchronous electric motors on every axle, which makes the car of course a four-wheel drive. In order to reduce electricity consumption and increase driving dynamics, the engines on each axle have been configured differently. The front motor is optimized to maximize efficiency in low and medium loads and the rear motor determines the dynamics of the car. Together they develop power of 300 kilowatts and a torque of 765 NM.

Engines are powered by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 80 kWh, which is sufficient for more than 450 kilometers in accordance with the NEDC cycle. Consumption equals 22.2 kilowatt hours per hundred kilometers, and of course, it also depends on the driving mode and five drive modes available in the EQC: Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport and an individually adjustable program. A haptic acceleration pedal plays an important role in cost-effective programs, which tells the driver to save energy.

There is also an ECO Assist, which supports the driver in a predictable ride, by, for example, advising them to reduce the pressure on the accelerator pedal when approaching the speed limit, or to allow the coastnig and control over energy recovery, It takes its data from navigation, traffic signs recognition and onboard radar and stereo cameras.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is equipped with a built-in water cooled 7,4-kilowatt charger, which can be used at home or at public charging stations. There will also be a possibility of a Wallbox, which will be three times faster than the household connector. Even faster, a DC charge will allow charging with up to 110 kilowatts, during which the battery will charge from ten to eighty percent capacity for a good forty minutes.

As indicated by the last letter in the name, the Mercedes-Benz EQC ranks in the upper middle class, which means that its length is 4.671 meters long, 1.884 meters wide and 1.624 meters high and the wheelbase is 2.873 meters, which means that passengers in the cabin can use a lot of comfortable space. The EQC's shapes reflect both the design features of the brand and the specific features of the EQ sub-brand, which are actually introduced, and are reflected primarily in a combination of blue on a black background. One of the most characteristic elements is also a ribbed edge of the instrument panel.

Daimler will start production of the EQC in its german Bremen factory next year, and later it will be also manufactured in Beijing in China for the Asian market.

Sept. 5, 2018 Driving photo: Daimler

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