Update: India will get more allotments of the Mercedes EQC electric SUV from the Bremen plant in Germany.
In an interview with ET Auto recently, Santosh Iyer, Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Mercedes-Benz (India), talked about the EQC’s sales and allocations. “It has been a runaway success in Europe and we haven’t launched in the US, but we are happy with the allocations we got for India and the numbers sold,” Iyer said.
Further, Iyer revealed that “fresh allocations for April and beyond” are under consideration for India. The 50 units imported last year are sold-out, and so, the introductory price of INR 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom) is no longer applicable.
The new Mercedes EQC price in India is INR 1.04 crore (INR 1,04,06,640). The only luxury electric SUV on sale in India right has promptly received a price hike of INR 4,76,640. Meanwhile, an improved Mercedes EQC has been launched in Germany, and is likely to be the version imported second batch onwards.
Following its local debut in January 2020, the Mercedes EQC was launched in India in October 2020. Here is everything you need to know about the Mercedes EQC in India:
1. Design & features
The Mercedes EQC is the first mass-market Mercedes electric car, derived from the Mercedes GLC mid-size SUV. Daimler distinguishes the pure electric SUV with sportier exterior and a more technologically advanced interior.
The electric luxury SUV features different headlamps that are sleeker and a unique upper grille at the front, both enclosed by a black panel. The central star is exclusively illuminated, and the headlamps are connected via a thin light stripe.
Looking from the sides, the roofline has a steeper slope, and the beltline has a higher rise that results in a more stylish greenhouse. This is the angle where the electric variant looks noticeably sportier, and the headlamps floating out to the sides also have some contribution in this appearance. At the rear, the new electric SUV flaunts slimmer tail lamps that are connected via a light stripe and a cleaner tailgate design.
The interior has several noteworthy changes from the Mercedes GLC, and the most important one is the dual-display setup in the front. A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system are clubbed to form one seamless panel.
The heart of the this Mercedes electric SUV is the two motors generating a total power of 300 kW or 408 PS and a total torque of 765 Nm. The source of energy of these motors is a standard Lithium-ion battery pack with a usable storage capacity of 80 kWh. The maximum Mercedes EQC range in India given as per the international WLTP method, and it is 471 km.
|Mercedes EQC Parameter||Specification|
|Length/Width/Height||4,761 mm/1,884 mm/1,624 mm|
|Boot Space||Approx. 500 litres|
|Motor(s)||Two (one at the front axle, one at the rear axle)|
|Motor Power||300 kW/408 PS|
|Motor Torque||765 Nm|
|Battery Pack Capacity||93 kWh (gross)/80 kWh (net/useable)|
|Maximum AC Charging Power||11 kW|
|Maximum DC Charging Power||110 kW|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||5.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||180 km/h (electronically limited)|
|Range (WLTP)||Up to 471 km|
|2.4 kW AC Charging Time (Home Charger)||21 hours (10-100% SoC)|
|7.4 kW AC Charging Time||10 hours (10-100% SoC)|
|50 kW DC Charging Time||90 minutes (10-100% SoC)|
|110 kW DC Charging Time*||40 minutes (10-80% SoC)|
3. Charging locations
The Mercedes EQC supports up to 110 kW power input for fast-charging, but in India, only the peak power of fast chargers maxes out at 50 kW. Mercedes-Benz says that it will have a charging facility for the EQC at over 100 locations spread across 48 cities in India. The purchase price includes the cost of the company’s 7.4 kW AC Wall Box charger and its installation.
4. Vehicle Warranty
8-year/1,60,000 km battery warranty, 5 years/unlimited km vehicle warranty, 5 years unlimited roadside assistance and 5 years comprehensive service package are standard.
The Mercedes EQC has generated a lot of interest amongst customers. The availability of the electric luxury SUV is expected to be expanded to more cities this year. At launch, it was limited to 13 locations in 6 cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai. While there was no restriction on booking the EQC from other cities (online), Mercedes-Benz had said that it plans to start delivering it in more locations under Phase II in 2021.
5. Upcoming alternatives & FAQs
Globally, the Mercedes EQC competes directly with the Audi e-tron and the BMW iX3. Volkswagen Group planned to launch the Audi e-tron in India by the end of 2019, but various issues have continued deferring the launch, and the release will happen this year now. There’s no plan to launch the BMW iX3 in India currently, but we will get the comparatively smaller rival from the UK, the Jaguar I-Pace, in March.