The EQ brand is Mercedes’ strategy to face the new market reality
The EQC 400 is not the first fully electric Mercedes, but it is, without a doubt, more interesting than the 2015 pioneer B-Class Electric Drive. Much like the Audi e-Tron, the EQC was designed for those looking for a modern SUV with the latest technology but who would rather have a three-pointed star on the hood.
The two electric engines (one on each axle) produce 408 horsepower and offer around 400km autonomy, depending on the weather conditions — the colder it is, the less kilometres it will drive. Despite its 2.5 tonnes, the EQC can reach 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
There are four drive modes available, from the more powerful Sport to the more ecological Max Range, which can, for example, reduce the power if the navigation system indicates that there is not enough autonomy until the next charging station. Recharging the batteries can take up to 11 hours on a home outlet, but a supercharger will take them to 80% in just 40 minutes.
This is a crucial model to help Mercedes gouge the response from the market to an electric bid from the brand as the industry undergoes a profound change. But this is also a Mercedes like all others, with state-of-the-art engineering, top-level quality and supreme comfort. The zero-emissions powertrain is just the icing on the cake.