The Mercedes EQ C was spotted winter testing earlier this year
It'll likely be the most testing stage for the all-electric model…
…due to EVs' shorter ranges in the cold
Mercedes' first EV SUV will join a growing fleet of the models…
…including the brand's own EQ range, the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron
After the EQ C, an EQ A hatchback is likely to follow
Mercedes has trademarked a full fleet of EQ-badged cars
It's unsurprising, given SUVs' popularity, that the brand's first EQ car will be a high-rider
These are the first pictures of the Mercedes EQ C
It is being tested in the Arctic Circle…
…ahead of its planned 2019 reveal
The EQ C is slightly larger than a GLC
It will use a twin-motor set-up that produces in the region of 400bhp
The car will rival the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X
A range of more than 310 miles is expected
Mercedes will build the EQ C on a new Electric Vehicle Architecture platform…
…that will also underpin the smaller EQ A that's due in 2020
Inspiration for the EQ C comes from the EQ concept of 2016
Autocar first drove the EQ concept last year. You can find the link in the article
Due for reveal in 2019 ahead of arriving on roads the year after, the all-electric SUV, which measures slightly larger than a GLC, will rival the Audi E-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, marking Mercedes’ first entry into the purpose-built EV market.
Mercedes previewed the EQ C when it revealed the EQ concept at the 2016 Paris motor show. That car used a twin-motor powertrain that delivered more than 400bhp, suggesting the EQ C could be more potent than even the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, which has 362bhp.
Built on a newly developed Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) platform constructed from a combination of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminium, the EQ C uses a new wiring loom that enables its driveline to send up to 100% of torque to the front or rear wheels. The loom essentially takes the place of a propeller shaft between the two motors, which are located on each axle, but negates the need of a shaft tunnel in the floor, thereby improving interior space.
The flat floor that holds the EQ C’s lithium-ion batteries can clearly be seen on the EQ C development car, which has smooth lower sections to the side sills. The weight of the batteries is likely to ensure the EQ C tips the scales at around 2000kg, but the torque of the electric motors should ensure straight-line performance will be comparable to lighter models.
A 0-62mph time of less than five seconds is predicted, meaning the EQ C will almost certainly be as quick as the GLC 43. Conversely, when driven in a less sporting manner, the car is expected to have a range of more than 310 miles on a single charge – this would align the model with the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace. Tesla claims the Model X can eke out up to 351 miles on one charge.
Although heavily camouflaged, the development EQ C’s design links with the GLC are obvious. Mercedes designers have chosen not to give the brand’s first purpose-built EV a new look that flaunts its zero-emission credentials, but rather to match its design closely to the rest of the SUV line-up.
The model will, however, adopt several aerodynamic features to reduce drag. It will conceal its wipers beneath a flap along the trailing edge of the bonnet, while its lack of grille and flat underside will be significant features to enhance the body’s slipperiness.
Inside, the EQ C will feature Mercedes’ next-generation infotainment and digital technology. The EQ concept previewed how it could look, with a wide screen that spans half the length of the dashboard, as well as touchscreen controls between the driver and passenger – similar in idea to that of the Range Rover Velar. Like the exterior, expect the EQ C’s cabin to borrow much of its design from other Mercedes models.
The I-Pace and E-tron are due to be launched later this year, leaving the EQ C in their wake. But Mercedes will quickly follow the EQ C with the EQ A, an all-electric hatchback that was previewed in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt motor show. That car, due on sale in 2020 as the entry point in the EQ line-up, will use a twin-motor set-up that produces around 268bhp and 369lb ft of torque, as shown in the EQ A concept.