Mercedes-Benz has entered the ultra-sheek electric-powered luxury car market with the recent debut of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic. Expected to arrive to US dealerships in late 2019, this all-electric SUV’s motors are expected to belt out up to 402 horsepower with an estimated range of 200 miles on a single charge. There are many unique features about the EQC 400 that will appeal to North American consumers – so let’s take a first look.
Sexy Stance on a Familiar Platform
When you glance at the EQC it looks similar with the popular GLC (from which the design is based) – but that’s just at first glance. If you really investigate the exterior features, you’ll quickly discover that the MB EQC 400 is styled uniquely. The first glaring addition is that brilliantly decorated front end, leading with a chrome grill with LED accent lighting that reaches across the hood, then connects to multiple-beam LED headlights. As with most Mercedes-Benz offerings, this electric-powered beast can be configured in AMG badging and styling. For those selecting this option, they will receive blacked out grill and exterior enhancements. Each EQC will be donned with an illuminated three-pointed star badge.
So – What’s Under the Hood?
To be honest – there is nothing under the hood. The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 receives its power via a dual-asynchronous electric motor set up. Each axle is paired to a single electric motor, which results in all-wheel drive. This dual-electric motor powerplant can belt out 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. Each of these compact motors is paired to a fixed-ratio transmission and differential system, but they are not identical. The front is programmed to prioritize efficient output, while the rear is a performance-minded system. It is estimated by Mercedes-Benz that this system will be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.9-seconds; with top-speed being limited to 112 miles per hour (for US consumers).
The electric motors receive their power from an 80-kilowatt/hour lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted on the floor of the body. With a full charge, it’s expected to travel an estimated 200 miles according to the manufacturer. However, in all fairness, that 200-mile estimate is on the low side, as other competitors like Jaguar and Tesla can achieve close to 240-mile output.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with a 7.4-kW onboard charger. This system permits owners to plug-into different types of charging stations. The estimated charging time will depend on the output of the charger however it is estimated that standard DC fast-charging system can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in roughly 40 minutes.
What’s Included on the Inside?
Well, this is the mystery actually – as Mercedes-Benz is keeping creature comforts protected, likely to announce several options at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. However, early reports suggest that they will include a special navigation system that calculates range, energy consumption, route planning (such as topography and traffic) and available charging stations to plot the most efficient route. A new MBUX touchscreen infotainment system is also rumored – but not confirmed.
All in all – this new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 is a sexy, all-electric powered luxury car. It’s appointed exceptionally well, appears to be very easy to navigate, and should offer consumers with a competitive option over the Jag’s and Tesla’s that currently dominate this growing segment.
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