Tesla, you have a new challenger, and its German.
Targeted at the Model X, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever fully-electric SUV and the first model to launch under its new EQ sub-brand. It looks more conventional than sci-fi, even boasting a fake grille for the sake of familiarity.
The interior is said to have an “avant-garde electro-look” and adopts Mercedes-Benz’s Mbux multimedia system but with various EQ-optimized features like a new navigation system that provides data on remaining battery range and shortest charging times.
Powering the EQC is a dual-motor, 80-kWh battery drivetrain that produces 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. That power is split between both axles, allowing the electric SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a sports car-like 4.9 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h).
An estimated driving range of ‘up to’ 200 miles (322 km) strikes at the heart of the Model X range, while charging come be done at a leisurely pace with a standard 110-volt but at a relatively speedy 40 minutes to 80 percent capacity when using DC Fast Charging.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC seems to have the chops to give the Tesla Model X a run for its money. Production begins in the first half of 2019 at at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.