Mercedes-Benz already has a lineup of electric vehicles ready with its EQ family. From the EQC to the recently revealed EQV and the upcoming EQE and EQS, the German marque seems to have all bases covered. But, they don’t have an off-roader just yet. Well, that was until now. Unfortunately, it’s no EQG or pure-electric G-Class that some hoped for. Instead, it’s an EQC, the EQC 4x4². On paper at least, it appears to have better off-roading capabilities than the standard G-Class you can drive today.
This EQC is the third model in the Mercedes 4x4² family after the G500 4x4² and the E-Class All-Terrain 4x4². Just like the first two models, the EQC carries the same spirit featuring high ground clearance, chunky off-road tires, and wide fender flares. More importantly, the portal axles have been carried over, allowing it to have tremendous ground clearance.
With 293mm of ground clearance, the lifted EQC rides more than twice as high as the standard model at 140mm. Interestingly, it is even taller than the standard G-Class by 58mm. Apart from sitting higher, the EQC 4x4² even has better approach and departure angles than Mercedes’ already rugged SUV. It can also go through 400mm of water if you plan on crossing a few rivers. Meanwhile, chunky all-terrain tires wrapped around the 20-inch wheels ensure that this electric crossover can go anywhere.
Mercedes adds that the EQC 4x4² can still tow a trailer just like the standard model. Better yet, a roof tent can also be installed to make it the perfect electric camper. However, no photo was released showing both capabilities.
The third member of the 4x4² family is based on the all-wheel-drive EQC which is already on sale in Europe. For reference, the standard non-lifted EQC features two electric motors which produce a combined output of 402 horsepower and 760 Nm torque. Meanwhile, an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 417 km of range based on WLTP standards.
As cool as the EQC 4x4² is, it is currently a one-off “vehicle study” built by Mercedes. Instead, it shows that electric vehicles can be rugged and capable too. We wouldn’t be too surprised, however, if the model enters production soon. Who wouldn’t want an EV off-roader with similar capabilities as the G 4x4²?