After a myriad of teasers and being tested in the harsh Swedish snow last March, Mercedes-Benz has officially entered the electric mobility fray with the all-new EQ C. Serving as the brand's first electric crossover, it will be the automaker's first mass-produced EV and has set its sights against the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron quattro and the Tesla Model X.
Beginning with the EQ C's looks, the electric crossover combines new styling elements as well classic design cues. The front fascia is dominated by a large front grill with the brand's three-pointed star logo sitting proudly up front. Distinctly-designed headlights, on the other hand, give the EQ C a futuristic and bold appearance. Full-width taillights, along with a roof-mounted spoiler give the EQ C a sophisticated and sporty look. Rounding everything up on the EQ C are the five-spoke alloy wheels.
Like the all-new A-Class and A-Class Sedan, the EQ C adopts the brand's new multimedia system called 'MBUX'. It consists of a touchscreen-based system along with voice control with speech recognition, navigation, search for points-of-interests and a vehicle tracker. Cabin design, on the other hand, is also similar to A-Class thanks to extensive use of leather, metal trim pieces, gloss black plastic and dual monitor design.
Powering the EQ C 400 are two electric motors that have a combined system output of nearly 408 PS and 765 Nm of torque. The motors get their power from an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack; allowing the EQ C to have a maximum cruising range of more than 320 km. From a standstill, the EQ C 400 can catapult itself from 0 – 97 km/h in just 4.9 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 180 km/h.
Recharging the battery pack via a D/C fast charging system will allow the EQ C to recharge itself from 10% to 80 % in as little as 40 minutes. Mercedes-Benz has yet to state how long would it take to recharge the EQ C via an A/C home socket or an A/C wallbox charger.
The EQ C has five different selectable settings, depending on the driver's preference. Comfort acts as the default setting which focuses on delivering a comfortable ride but can also deliver a more dynamic driving experience should it be needed. Next is Eco which sets the car for having low consumption and better efficiency. There is also Max Range which ups the ante from Eco and will help the driver achieve the maximum range possible.
The last two modes in the EQ C 400 are Sport and Individual. Beginning with the former, Sport programs the crossover to have sharper acceleration and better handling for the best response. The latter, on the other hand, allows the driver to set each individual parameter to their preference.
One-pedal driving can also be done on the EQ C thanks to the braking recuperation system. This can be set via the paddles behind the steering wheel. The left paddle increases the recuperation while the right paddle decreases it. When set at its highest mode (D--), the high recuperation makes one pedal driving possible as the recuperative deceleration is enough to slow the EQ C down to a stop.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz EQ C will begin in Bremen, Germany in 2019. It will also be produced in China soon after by way of Beijing Benz Automotive.