Mercedes-Benz EQC is a first monumental electric vehicle
Mercedes-Benz EQC is a big, beefy SUV and the brand’s first mass-production pure-electric vehicle, but is already joined by a growing electric family of varying sizes.
We’re a little late to explore Mercedes-Benz’s first attempt at a purely electric mass-production vehicle. The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is a big, beefy SUV, roughly equivalent in size and price to the current GLE model. This in turn is the modern evolution of Mercedes’ first SUV, the ML, which was launched in 1997. For a time, the EQC established itself as the only purely electric car in the lineup. company (alongside several plug-in hybrid models), the first of ten planned electric vehicles in the EQ series that are expected to launch within the next two years. The big hitter, the EQS, is also with us, an impressive electric reimagining of the flagship Mercedes S-Class sedan. There are also the smaller EQA, EQB, EQE and EQV, implying that the company is determined to follow its long-standing system of similar styled but slightly different sized cars.
Like all automakers, it begins its EV journey at the top of the market; As battery technology and margins improve, you can expect the electric Mercedes to get smaller and smaller.
The EQS is an American scale SUV, that is, it is absolutely massive. The exterior design has a slippery and slightly soapy character that seems to have lost some of its detail. Gone are the instant visual signifiers that scream “Mercedes”, even the three-pointed star seems slightly lost in the grille surrounded by glass.
The company was one of the first masters of the art of cohesive and corporate design. Mercedes has endowed its entire vehicle fleet with a set of evolving visual values ensuring that even the smallest cars in its lineup share the DNA of their most refined team mates. Over the past two decades, the arrival of SUVs and crossovers has blurred the lines of automotive design and its simple hierarchies. Today’s small cars still ape their elders, but the imitation is paler and the flattery less sincere.
The EQC’s unassuming exterior is counterbalanced by a very sleek cabin design, dominated by a widescreen dashboard display that looks sufficiently futuristic. The refinement is top-notch, although there’s no hiding the weight of the batteries on bumps and rough roads. At a shadow below 260 miles the range is best described as adequate, although fast charging compatibility with the expanding IONITY network will alleviate the inevitable range anxiety (many owners will no doubt have access to their own case. dump).
In the meantime, you get the satisfying feeling of improving driving efficiency thanks to the paddle-mounted regeneration feature – click to increase the amount of kinetic energy the brakes pump into the batteries. There is also a range of sensor-driven systems that will automatically extend battery life, sifting through data from satellite navigation, radar systems and speed limit information and making invisible adjustments. required.
For now, the switch to electric remains a consumption choice, but it will not be for very long. More affordable electric vehicles are popping up all the time, although in Mercedes’ world even its smaller electric cars tend to have higher prices. Mercedes is a major player in consumer luxury, and its wide range of electric vehicles should retain the prestige (and price) that the brand has always commanded.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC may be full of cutting-edge technology, but it still commands attention like a traditional muscle SUV, not a mobility pioneer. §