The Mercedes-Benz EQC will arrive in India as the first pure electric luxury SUV in the world. Just weeks away from its launch here, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz (India), confirmed this week at the all-new Mercedes GLS launch in India.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQC in September 2018 and wanted to launch the EQC in India as early as the end of 2019. The company was not able to introduce a new electric SUV at the end of last-year, however. Later, a showcase took place in the country in January of this year and revealed that the launch would take place in April. The outbreak of COVID-19 caused a delay in the commercial release here, but now the countdown has finally begun.
The Mercedes EQC is a pure electric spin-off of the Mercedes GLC. It is currently built in a single variant: 400 4MATIC. Two electric motors on the front and rear axles drive the wheels and give the SUV the driving characteristics of the all-wheel drive. Together, these engines generate a maximum power of 300 kW (408 PS) and a maximum torque of 765 Nm. The acceleration time of 0-100 KMPH is 5.1 seconds and the maximum speed is limited to 180 KMPH.
The 80 kWh lithium battery pack, which weighs 652 kg, supplies the Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC engines with energy. It offers a range of 376-417 km per WLTP. Notice that WLTP appears to have a lower range than NEDC, but it’s a more practical one. Previously, the same range of electrical SUVs was said to be 445-471 km, when measurements were given as per NEDC.
The Mercedes EQC is manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in Germany. It’s heading to India as an import of CBU. It should be sold in a single configuration and could cost over INR 1.25 crore (ex-showroom). In Germany, prices start at EUR 59,900 or INR 51,27,206.46 (excluding VAT)/EUR 71,281 or INR 61,01,375.69 (including VAT).
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