Mercedes unveils its first electric SUV with 402 horsepower and up to 200-mile range


This is the very first fully electric crossover by Mercedes-Benz, called the EQC. Revealed earlier on Tuesday, Tesla Model X-rivalling all-wheel-drive electric Mercedes SUV gets two electric motors at the front and rear axles, which give it a combined 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. According to Mercedes, the two electric motors have been configured differently – the front motor has been tuned for efficiency in the low to medium load conditions and the rear for sportiness. The top speed of the EQC has electronically limited 112 mph and the sprint from zero to 60 mph takes 4.9 seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is powered by an 80kWh battery pack, which is bigger than Tesla Model X 75D’s 75 kWh battery; however, Mercedes couldn’t give a clear answer on the electric SUV’s range. The German automaker during the launch claimed that the EQC’s range is “up to 200 miles.” But, later, a representative for the company told The Verge: “Our colleagues in Stuttgart have advised us that the preliminary estimated range figure for the EQC of 200 miles for the U.S. is incorrect.” Nevertheless, the EQC features water-cooled on-board charger with a 7.4-kW capacity. It will help owners can fast charge it at home or at public charging stations. According to Mercedes, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in around 40 minutes.

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In terms of the design, the car closely resembles the CLA, while it has retained the styling from the EQC concept Mercedes showcased a few year’s ago. The shape of the SUV has been created to achieve maximum drag reduction and effectively maximizing range. On the inside, the cabin design is dominated by massive widescreen displays that serve both as the main instrument panel and the MBUX infotainment system. Mercedes-Benz described this as an “avant-garde electro-look.” The Mercedes-Benz EQC will enter production next year, but the pricing has not been announced yet.

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[via:Arstechnica]