Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept First Test Ride Report
It will be the first of the Mercedes EQ brand family, consisting at least four unique style models:
- EQ A
- EQ C
- EQ E
- EQ S
The original concept, that will spawn as the EQ C, was recently demonstrated to Autocar, which had the first opportunity to sit in the passenger seat.
According to the article, the EQ is promising enough that it will be well worth the wait of ~two more years.
Of note: Full gallery of the Mercedes EQ Concept below
The exceptional interior (spacious, with flat floor) and the user interface stand out the most to the outfit, because the concept could bring a whole new level of user friendliness to the driver, as well as greater comfort.
“Climbing into the passenger seat, we get a first-hand look at the striking interior design that is set to grace Mercedes’ new range of electric vehicles. Drawing on the same aesthetic used for the exterior, it has a low-set dashboard with a prominent instrument and infotainment display that’s similar in shape and size to that of the latest E-Class.
But unlike the E-Class’s two separate 12.0in screens, the EQ concept has one single 24in screen. There is no touch function for the expansive display itself; instead commands for the sat-nav, air conditioning, vehicle set-up and communication options are taken care of by either a touch-sensitive pad mounted on the centre console between the front seats or smaller touchpads within the horizontal spokes of the steering wheel.
Befitting the futuristic theme evident in other elements of the design, Mercedes has dispensed with its traditional graphics for the instrument and infotainment display in favour of detailed new 3D visuals that instantly grab your attention with their vivid colours and ultra-high definition.”
With that said, the exterior look was called unremarkable, and closely tied with current Mercedes-Benz models. Part of the reason for this, is that a lot effort was put into making the EQ C more aerodynamic efficient, which of course pulls away from having stronger styling clues.
The EQ C will be a heavier vehicle (more than 2,000 kg), but like many EVs, will still be more than quick enough (0-100 km/h in less than five seconds).
“The silent qualities of the concept’s electric driveline perfectly compliment the visual calmness brought on by the uncluttered design of the interior at typical urban speeds.
A hearty punch of the aluminium throttle pedal unleashes a heady turn of acceleration and an accompanying whine from the electric motors, though without the proper production driveline set-up as a guide it would be premature to make any appraisals about the performance potential of the EQ C just yet.
The same goes for its ride quality, which is clearly compromised by the EQ concept’s hand cut 22in tyres and obvious lack of suspension tuning. With the production version set to offer the latest Air Body Control suspension, complete with three chamber plungers like those employed by the latest S-Class, it should cope with cobble stones and nasty transverse bumps in a more distinguished fashion than the firm riding one-off show car.”
Gallery Below: Mercedes EQ Concept
- up to 500 km (310 miles) of range
- 70 kWh battery (in the concept)
- all-wheel drive using two electric motors with 300 kW and 700 Nm of system output
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds
- up to 150 kW CCS fast charging capability
- four seats (production version will have five seat)