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Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV India Launch On October 8

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV India Launch On October 8

The Mercedes-Benz EQC will be launched in India on October 8, 2020. With the market debut of the SUV, Mercedes will become the first luxury automaker to introduce an all-electric model in the country, beating the likes of Audi and Jaguar which are also readying their own EV offerings for our market.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV India Launch On October 8

Mercedes EQC design and features

Though the EQC shares its underpinnings with the conventionally-powered GLCMercedes has reworked the styling enough to ensure that it stands out. The front fascia looks distinct, with its piano black grille flanked by a pair of swanky LED headlamps. The rear is marked out by a continuous light band interlinking the sleek tail-lamps, and the uniquely designed alloy wheels, with blue detailing, reaffirm the vehicle’s green credentials.

The cabin is a similar affair. It is typical, new-age Mercedes, but with details like the ribbed finish on the door pads, bronze inserts in in the air-con vents and new-age fabric upholstery giving away the EQC as Mercedes’ all-electric offering.

In terms of equipment, the e-SUV will come with seven airbags, Attention Assist, a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car tech, voice assistant and a sunroof, among other features.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV India Launch On October 8

Mercedes EQC battery and electric motor   

The EQC is powered by two asynchronous motors, one on each axle, producing a combined 408hp and 765Nm of toque. A floor-mounted 85kWh lithium-ion battery pack is capable of delivering a WLTP-certified range of 400km on a single charge.

Charging times are pegged at 21 hours from a standard 15A (3.4kW) domestic electrical supply, or 10 hours with the 7.5kW wall-box charger provided by Mercedes. These charging times can be considerably reduced using the network of 50kW DC fast chargers that is slowly coming up across different cities.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV India Launch On October 8

Mercedes EQC price estimate and competition

Being a fully imported electric vehicle, the EQC won’t come in cheap. Expect prices in the range of Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom). Though it will have no direct competitors at launch, the Mercedes EQC will eventually have to contend with the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace that are also India-bound in the coming months.

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