New Mercedes EQC tested on the streets of FrankfurtSeptember 13, 2019
The main pearl of the Mercedes booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the world premiere of the EQS concept electric sedan. However, our journalists were not even able to sit in the car.
However, the automaker was lenient to some media outlets and even entrusted the management of its new Mercedes-Benz EQC. Testing took place there, in Frankfurt.
Journalists managed to ride a production car, the production of which is in full swing. The electric car is not much different from its gasoline “brothers”, with the exception, perhaps, of a solid radiator grille and the absence of an exhaust pipe. The interior is chic, comfortable and elegant, like most Mercedes. The front seats are very comfortable and pleasant. The Mercedes MBUX infotainment system is easy to operate and relatively intuitive.
Recall that two asynchronous motors with a capacity of 408 hp set in motion a novelty. The motors are quieter than on most electric cars, however, during the tests, journalists noted that the electronics are a little “thoughtful” – after pressing the “gas” pedal there is a certain delay, after which the car breaks down. The company notes that acceleration to 100 km / h in an electric crossover takes only 4.9 seconds.
The EQC is not an electric vehicle with its own platform and has many common components with the C-Class and GLC ranges.
The model has four driving modes, as well as individual settings. Four standard modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Max Range. The car is always set by default to comfort at startup. In sport mode, the machine provides the most dynamic performance, with more power available offline and a sharper steering response. At Eco, the car offers less power and greater efficiency, while at Max Range EQC provides the maximum possible range.
The EQC has a battery of 80 kW / h, which is usable capacity, not total. Mercedes does not disclose the total size of the battery, which would allow us to find out how much reserve capacity is involved. The unit, power electronics and drive motors are liquid-cooled, and the car also uses a heat pump.
The EQC is equipped with a 32-amp integrated charger that can provide up to 7.4 kW of AC charging. As for fast charging, the EQC can be charged from a charger with a capacity of up to 110 kW, which allows the car to charge from 10% to 80% for about 40 minutes.
The main competitors of the German news will be Audi e-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and BMW iX3. If Mercedes can keep the price lower than e-Tron, and possibly offer competitive leasing rates, there will be no end to buyers, journalists noted. This is certainly another good addition to the small and medium-sized electric SUV class, as well as a good first step in electrification for Mercedes.
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