The Mercedes EQ C, the first electric SUV of the EQ series, was surprised during the winter tests on the Arctic Circle.
The Mercedes EQ Concept presented at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 2016 gave the first look at the first electric SUV from Mercedes. The EQ Concept features the new EVA electric platform, which will be used for all future electric Mercedes models, from the hatch to two SUVs and a luxury sedan.
The Mercedes EQ C will be launched in 2019 and will be the first member of the new EQ family. It will compete against the Tesla Model X and the future Jaguar I-Pace, which are slightly larger.
The second model will be released in 2020 and will be the EQ A hatch, presented as a concept car at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in Fall 2017.
The EQC will be more or less the same length as the current GLC.
The new platform EVA will record the lithium-ion batteries in a structure between the axes 4.5 and 13 cm high. The flat bottom containing the batteries is clearly visible on the EQ C prototype, which has lower sections to the side sills.
The batteries were positioned in an ideal position between the axles there is no propeller shaft. Powered by two electric motors on the front and rear axles, the EQ C produces an electric four-wheel drive system with a variable torque distribution of up to 100% per axle.
Mercedes will use a modular system for batteries with maximum efficiency Capacity of 110 kWh. With the most powerful battery Mercedes promises a range of up to 500 km, which corresponds to the level of the Tesla Model X. The strongest batteries weigh around 700 kg, which will bring the notch weight to around 2,400 kg.
Mercedes Do not give information about smaller versions of the batteries.
The two electric motors deliver 300 kW (408 hp) and 700 Nm, which is more than the 367 hp of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. Mercedes EQ C accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds, as fast as the AMG GLC 43 despite heavier Kerbgewicht.
The interior of the EQ C follows the layout of the EQ Concept with a "digital" center console in the style of Range Rover Velar and a dual widescreen placed under the same glass. The right one will serve for the multimedia system, while the left will replace the classic indicators.
The tested prototype was surprised under a heavy camouflage, but we can see that there is no exhaust system and there is no grille. The scrapers are concealed under a flap along the rear edge of the hood and the underside will be flat, which contributes to excellent aerodynamics.
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