Mercedes revealed concept in 2016 and officially entered into the EV space in India with the launch of EQC 400 at the Auto expo 2020 and sales going live in October 2020. Available in only 1 variant – 400 4MATIC, imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) at ₹99.3lakhs ex- showroom Delhi. The EV market in India is still developing with construction of emergency charging points, the German automobile giant saw this as an opportunity to enter early with currently no other competition except the Jaguar I-Pace. So how does this new EV perform? Is it worth the hype it created? Let us see.
The EQC packs a massive 80kwh battery that weighs 652kg and results in a range of 455-471km in full charge. With a big battery comes a drawback of more charging time. Powered by 2 electric motors on each axle combined with a single speed gearbox producing 408hp and 760nm of torque resulting in 0-100km/h in 5.1secs. The EQC comes with 4 driving modes –Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual and paddle shifters from which instead of gears one can change the level of regenerative power needed. Handling and comfort of the car is efficient as well thanks to ventilated front and rear brakes along with gas filled shock absorbers.
The exterior and interior elements in the EQC is based on the GLC with some minor differences which makes it different and unique. 4762mm long, 1884mm wide and 1624mm high with a wheel base of 2873mm making the EQC big but a smaller ground clearance of 142mm due to the battery pack would limit the SUV features. Available in only 3 color options – Polar White, High-tech Silver and Graphite Grey can surely be a point of concern for many. The front profile sports a big Mercedes logo on the grille, above the grille is a fiber optic light strip which connects with the LED headlights on both ends, LED tail light bar at
the back which resembles like a Porsche. 20inch alloy wheels with electric blue design differentiates EQC from the petrol powered GLC.
The interior is as a Mercedes should be, the iconic dual screen with a fully digital instrument cluster on the right and infotainment screen on left. Instead of jet inspired circular air vents in the GLC, the EQC has rectangular air vents. High flooring makes it difficult in ingress and egress, adding to the troubles is even higher transmission tunnel and rear AC vents, so its best suited for 2 passengers at the back. The electric cars are quiet due to no engine noise but this one has got added insulation to even reduce the wind noise for a silent drive.
As always Mercedes has included a big list of features in the EQC to make it techy and convenient. The 10.25inch infotainment screen uses new MBUX interface with all connectivity options, this screen can be controlled by touchscreen, touchpad, steering buttons and voice control by saying “Hey Mercedes”. The front seats are 14-way power adjustable and 3 memory functions, these seats are also ventilated and have message functions. Adding to the gadgets that help, there is cruise control with lane assist, heads up display and 3 zone climate control.
As far as safety is concerned, the EQC does not disappoint, set of 9 airbags with ABS, EBD and traction control. Standard features like hill assist and descent control, 360-degree camera make a tick on the list. New addition is an active parking assist with PARKTRONIC.
The EQC is a relaxed electric SUV with a massive battery pack and powerful engine so that one can gain more speed effortlessly and enjoy road trips. With a low ground clearance one cannot fully utilize the SUV specialties and features which can be a drawback. At a price point which is huge in India the EQC is not a value for money but considering its American competition which is coming to India in the near future, we have to see if the EQC is worthy of its name.