Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept First Test Ride Report

JUN 7 2017 BY MARK KANE 19

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Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, which was first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (see videos), is scheduled for production at the comapny’s Bremen factory in Germany for 2019.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

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.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

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.”

Mercedes-Benz EQ concept

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

Quick spec:

  • 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)

source: Autocar

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19 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept First Test Ride Report"

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Musicious

So basically they are releasing the equivalent of a 2012 Tesla Model S in 2019

Alan

With one small exception, it will be built by Mercedes.

Mercedes definitely has the tech know how and resources. One need to look no further than their upcoming F1 derived street car to see their technical capabilities are immense.

Mikael

No one has questioned that they are pretty good at old fashioned tech. Like in F1.

Let’s see what they can do in FE.

Wrong, F1 with KERS involves much more high tech engineering and manufacturing than Tesla utilizes. It’s more of a profit issue. EVs at the moment would mean a decline in profitability for most of the Legacy automakers at the moment.

Someone out there

Except it looks far better than the model S

Alaa

And how much will it cost? A used Model S now costs between $35k and $40k. A used one is a very good value for money.

Someone out there

Used? Why should we compare a used car to a new car?

Alaa

Electric motors do not wear out. Ever. The only advantage of the new is the bells and whistles. Auto pilot etc.

Someone out there

Yes they do. Not only do the bearings wear out but also the electrical insulation material breaks down over time. A long time sure but it doesn’t last forever. And if it gets overheated from overuse of course it breaks down much faster.

R.S

The Model S SUV that should have come early 2014?

JK, but IMO a GLC based car would be a Model Y competitor.

Alan

Don’t get me wrong, I really admire Tesla for what they are doing but having sat in a Model S recently, you can’t really compare the build quality of the two companies as far as fit & finish are concerned.

Tesla will have a real fight on their hands in 3 or 4 years time from the likes of MB, BMW, Audi, Jaguar & VW.

Chris O

Define build quality. Despite over a century of trying Mercedes rarely excels in reliability statistics in fact many series score sub average.

Oh well, maybe they have more luck with less complex EVs.

and….Tesla excels in reliability ratings??

pjwood1

German makers sell cars with excellent interiors up near and past $100k, but the Model S stacks up better than most below that. Then, they had to go and use distracting “did I hit the right place?” touch-screens. In 3-4 years hopefully EVs will have enough competition, that makers begin getting signal about what customers want instead what they’re told to want.

trololo

A premium car maker can do better than this ugly face: get rid of the grid ! Basically, this face looks like flat design applied to cars.

trololo

Not to talk about the pathetic underbody car neons, and the fingerprint prone surfaces …

Tummy

Looks nice, but it reminds me of the clean lines of the Infiniti FX from 14 years ago. To me it looks too conventional, but that is also what most people like. The Model S had a fake grill so that it wouldn’t be such a leap from conventional cars.

It will be interesting to see if the CCS charging infrastructure can keep up with all these cars that are coming out.

Tesla should have come out with a small SUV before or instead of the Model 3 sedan. The segment is hot, where the sedan is in decline.

Rick

I like the fact that they will provide wireless charging.