Mercedes EQC electric SUV spied ahead of its April launch

Mercedes EQC, the first electric car from EQ brand, will be launched in April 2020 and the car has been spied testing on the roads of Pune without any camouflage by Rushlane.

The Mercedes EQC will be brought in as a CBU and is expected to be priced at Rs 1.40 crore ex-showroom. Powered by an 80 kWh battery, the EQC is driven by two electric motors placed on either axle producing a combined output of 300 kW and a peak torque of 765 Nm.  The EQC offers a range of up to 450 km (NEDC) and the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes with a 110 kW DC fast charger.

The EQC gets five programmed drive modes – COMFORT, which is the default setting offering a comfortable driving style but automatically becomes dynamic according to the driving style; ECO, with focus on high efficiency and low consumption; MAX RANGE, that helps to achieve maximum possible range; SPORT, offering the best driving performance; and INDIVIDUAL, where the driver can adjust different parameters separately.

Mercedes-Benz will start off with the EQC Edition 1886 that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The Edition 1886 is available in an exclusive metallic high-tech silver exterior colour, high-gloss EQC Edition 1886 black badge on the mudguard, high-gloss 20-inch light-alloy wheels, new seat designs with ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber upholstery, EQC Edition 1886 embroidered into seat backrests and more.

We talked to Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India at the Auto Expo 2020 and he said that the customer response for the EQC from a private viewing has been very positive and the product will be the starting point for him to find out about Indian customers interested in electric vehicles.

Like in the other segments of the electric passenger cars, 2020 will also see luxury carmakers launching their own electric vehicles. Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace are all lined up for a launch this year and we can’t wait to see them on Indian roads!