Watch First Look At Mercedes-Benz EQC By Autogefühl

SEP 4 2018 BY MARK KANE 34

The Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles – the EQC

The two versions of the Mercedes-Benz EQC (AMG-Line vs Electric Art) were reviewed by Autogefühl right at the unveiling in Sweden.

As always, the episode includes exterior, interior and some insights about the car like its high-build quality, excellent material and interesting voice commands.

The EQC 400 4MATIC seems to be less capable than the Tesla Model X, as the battery is 80 kWh compared to 100 kWh in top version of the X. Also, the powertrain is rated for 300 kW, which does not offer equal acceleration to the X P100D. However, overall it could be appealing to many consumers. We will know for sure in about a year when production begins.

We also can confirm that the Mercedes-Benz EQC will be able to tow up to 1,800 kg or 3,968 lbs.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – 218 Ah each – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • up to 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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34 Comments on "Watch First Look At Mercedes-Benz EQC By Autogefühl"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“up to” usually implies a snowballs chance in hell you will ever achieve that.

I thought that too, but 80 kWh usable capacity…

I think it’s more like the Jaguar’s first estimate, pretty conservative.

Nice review typical for Autogefuhl… Expect it to be somewhat pricey in the States due to the exchange rate, but supposedly this and more to come from Daimler. I’d expect 10 ampere (7 kw) charging on the Mennekes Jack for home use. Since many homes in the home country have 40 ampere polyphase services, I’d expect that this will be the type of facility offered there, and a 1-phase J1772 for North America.

Love Autogefühl reviews, Thomas and crew really give a lot of info and insight.

Interesting only 110kW for charging, I would have thought these gen 3 EVs would be pushing the 175-350kW supported by the new CCS chargers. Maybe it’s restricted by the pack voltage?

No Frunk :-O

But yes hatch. :-O

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Again the AC L2 charge rate is the lame sub 10kW.
Seems 7.2kW or in this case a whopping 7.4kW is the ceiling for everyone other than Tesla here in the States.
Tesla’s AC L2 ceiling is 20kW.

This is mid 2018 right?? 😛

These Benz owners should be able to fund a new circuit pull for at least a 50A circuit. Most likely their panel has the capacity for a 80A+ circuit.

Remember this car isn’t coming out for 2 years. They seem to have been aiming for 2015… 😉

@Viking79 said: “Remember this car isn’t coming out for 2 years. They seem to have been aiming for 2015…”

Great to see Mercedes continuing to move towards a production EV…

but I agree with @Viking79 that by the time this EQC goes into production it may seem dated… especially relative to Tesla. Mercedes should have put this EQC into production 3 years ago so that an updated generation 2 could already be in the works for 2020.

Hopefully enough of the loyal Mercedes customer base will purchase the first generation EQC to get it off to a good start.

Tesla L2 ceiling is 16.5kW

Current S & X 100 kWh cars can charge at 17,280 Watts (72 amps at 240 volts). Older dual charger Teslas can charge at 22,160 Watts (80 amps at 277 volts; finding a wall connector on 277 volts is rare, but they exist).

They removed that option from the wall connector. The only ones operating that way now are two of the 12 at a SUPERCHARGER bay. ( 6 times what the car could have )

This are the AC charging values for Europe based on single phase + neutral ( 230V – 32 Amp ) — maybe the US version gets a different setting like typical 2 phase 240V charger – 40A.

They put out the figure 32 amperes so I’d expect that is what they will supply for the states. The “B” was 40 amperes, but the trend is to lessor currents for the ‘type 1’ J1772 jacks as I mentioned above. Most public docking stations are between 2.8 and 7.2 kw with a happy average being 6. So around 7 kw is fine, and its the most popular size for home charging as well.

As I say, all ‘tesla cords’ arriving with every new Tesla only provide 32 amperes, or 7.7 kw at best.

Trollnonymous, Teslas haven’t had 19.2 kw charging available for new cars for years now. The best you can do even with the 100 kwh battery models is around 17.3 kw. Plus the ‘cord’ included with the car has been downsized to 7.7 kw from 9.6 kw across the board.

The base model ‘3’, when it is finally released, will have exactly the same L2 facility as the Bolt ev, that of a 7.7 kw charger – no more.

If you are talking about European owners, its apples and oranges. American buyers will not get 40 amps of charging as the “B” product did, but will get fast charging and 32 amps, same as the I-pace, Bolt ev, and base Model ‘3’.

So the trend is toward much less current. My roadster, standard, with no options, did 16.8 kw from the very first one. New Teslas with the base vehicle do 11.5 kw at best for the Long Range ‘3’, the “S”, and “X”, but only with a wall box.

I know. Thier B class electric had 11kw level 2

Perhaps MB is intentionally repeating the GM tact of under delivering on a half-assed product intended to not sell well so that the board can say they ‘tried’ but “the public wasn’t ready for EVs”?

For some it may be important, for me and probably quite a few others, it does not matter. Depending on the use of course. I charge about 99% of the time at work – where it’s connected to a regular socket, made for block heaters. It stays connected for at least 8 hours a day, and that is more then enough to cover my needs. If I’m at the airport, or at a sea port it stays connected to a block heater until I get back. Snow free in winter, and nice and cool in the summer. If I go on long trips, I have a diesel passenger van with at least 1600km range between each visit to a pump. I can not get an electric van quick enough, but looks like I have to wait for the next generation, and not the vans that will be for sale this or next year. Super fast quick charge will of course allways be nice. But I would not pay extra for it on all EVs I need. One fast, and one slower and cheaper would be best for me. In a few years, I’d think different charging speeds would be counted… Read more »

The car looks awesome. Good news.

Why is the front part so lengthy ? Of course length is needed to dissipate more kinetic energy in case of a front collision. But that’s clearly to much. At least by 8 inches (20 cm). I really don’t understand.

I wish it had a smaller front even at the costs of a smaller battery. And it would have a great impact on the mass. This car is too heavy. It’s very disappointing. Even the I-Pace with an heavier battery is lighter. The E-tron seems to be another “sumo”. The last hope for now in Europe is on the ix3.

The EQC is based on the GLC chassis length as they will both be produced on the same production line, so in case not enough EV are sold, then MB can easily produce more GLC instead on the same line.

Looking for a shorter body SUV : the Korean sisters are offering the Kona and Niro.

All the tech guys think people buy a Mercedes for tech. Lol. To my understanding Mercedes is bought for its quality, its appearance and it’s super smooth ride. It is really a car for business people, people which have jobs where they need to represent the company and people who car about their image. Do people currently care their car drives 1/12 l/km? No. You will see a lot of electric cars with different technical solutions out there all based on their own research and probably most suited for their most important markets. Just like the Leaf works fine for Europe and Japan/Korea and Tesla works fine for the US.

Some of us are getting a different impression of Daimler in the States. The Smart that they make has been near the bottom of the reliability scale, and Daimler’s Freightliner trucks typically blow their engines prematurely.

I’ve talked to a few vendors who will never buy a Daimler product again due to all the failures they’ve experienced.

As you say, there must be CERTAIN models that are reliable for Daimler’s reputation to still hold up.

Indeed smart’s image is not so good here as well. In the beginning they had big engine issues. On the truck front I am not very familiar.

They don’t make the Smart do they? I thought that was a Renault Twingo with a different look..

The touchpad in the center console is a cool touch.

You’re confusing that with the Radiator Grille of an Edsel.

I like this car. 450km range is very impressive for an SUV. Interior is really cool, but I’d prefer more traditional buttons.

I hope the range numbers are underestimated. 450 km on the NEDC cycle with 80 hWh usable is pathetic. A 2017 Renault Zoe does 400 km on the same cycle with 41 kWh usable battery. Even if it’s a far smaller
and less powerful car, it shows how the EQC numbers are disappointing (only for now I hope). Especially considering the “optimized for efficiency” front motor.

I even suspect the 180 km/h limit is due to the EQC bad efficiency. The only limit on the petrol german car is 250 km/h (sometimes removable with a couple thousands euros). Not achieving 200 km/h is bad for German clients who drive on the Autobahn (although more green). And instead Mercedes should have work on making this car a lot less heavier.

There are over all very fra cars on the Autobahn that drive over 180km/h.
To me, it looks like the slow truck lane drives 90-100km/h. The middle lane is like 120-140km/h, and 140-160 In the fast lane.
And of course you have some fast cruisers at 180-200 and even fewer rockets pushing 300++. I’ve been passed by a K-egg that just passed me like a Formula 1 car, and I drove about 160. It must have pushed close to max speed.
I tend to get tired and sleepy if I drive fast for a long period of time. I usually just cruise in no more then 120-130.

Another Euro point of view

The bonnet is too long for an EV.
Also, if we persist liking this body form (SUV) then some substantial progress will need to be made as far as energy density and cost of batteries as 200+ miles range will only appeal to a minority and I take it we don’t all want egg shaped SUVs.

No frunk?!?!?

Its built on the GLC line/chassis so they cannot deviate that much with component placement. Same problem with the Leaf and other EVs that share production lines and/or chassis.

That’s what happens when you design boxy front SUV design