While only available with on drive train, EQC still has a lot to show under its skin.

We've been waiting for it for a long time. Mercedes-Benz EQC. The first electric-only Mercedes-Benz (if we ignore the electrical class B, which was developed on the platform of an existing model) has already been shown in September last year in Stockholm, more than nine months ago. But it paid off, because yesterday, from the Bremen factory, where its production is going to be stationed the first specimens of a prestigious sports SUV finally arrived on the street. As well as some technical and other data.

The EQC will share its production line with three brothers, GLC and GLC Coupe, and in addition to the latter two, a C Class caravan is already being produced in that plant. In fact, in the upcoming months, the production of the EQC model will be started in China and later, thanks to Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) partnership, the manufacture of electric cars of the EQ family is going to be launched in two other factories in Germany, Tuscaloosa, USA and in French town of Hambach. In these factories, and in addition, in Beijing, Bangkok and in Polish Jawor, there will be a production of electric batteries later on, for which Mercedes will allocate a billion euros.

Otherwise, the EQC groundbreaking car is also bringing the strategy 'CASE', in which it combines connectivity, autonomy, services, sharing vehicles, and caring for the vehicle and last but not least the electric drive. While autonomous driving is not yet here, it is about a rich package of assistive technology, which we already know from other Mercedes – as well as other brands. The package of care for the vehicle will on the other hand, allow customers the option to order a service for the vehicle, which will then be picked up by workshop workers and later returned on desired location. Also, Mercedes-Benz is going to supply miscellaneous materials such as wipers, brake pads for free for the first six years.

Only one EQC version, an EQC 400 will be available to customers. This will be as is already known equipped with a pair of electric motors with a total output of 300 kilowatts, while up to 471 kilometers of range (as measured under standard NEDC, which means about 400 kilometers of real range) will be provided by the battery pack with capacity of 80 kilowatt-hours. This will normally take up to 80 per cent of capacity to be charged on a high-speed bottling plant in 40 minutes, while a conventional household plant should take it up to 100 per in 11 hours.

At the same time as the arrival of first specimens, Mercedes also revealed the price list of the EQC model. The basic version will the price range from EUR 71.281 in Germany with 19% tax included, and this is already well-stocked with additional equipment. At the same time, a special Edition of Edition 1886 will be available in the first weeks and for a price of EUR 84,930.30.

May 7, 2019 Driving photo: Daimler AG

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