Watch Mercedes-Benz EQC Conduct Final Heat Testing

AUG 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 20

Europe’s driest region is not a problem for the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Weeks ahead of the EQC premier, Mercedes-Benz feeds us with another teaser – one of the better ones put forth by M-B of late.

This time we see pre-production prototypes tested during the summer in the Tabernas desert in Andalusia, Spain.

The location isn’t random, as it’s Europe’s driest region, which seems fitting enough to conduct final heat testing.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC already accumulated millions of kilometres of tests over three years with 40 engineers working hard to make the EQC reliable in any environment.

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Tabernas desert!! My father’s family is from a village near there. Not only is the dryest place in Spain (maybe in Europe too) but also the hottest.

A few weeks ago I was in Spain and Portugal, and the heat in the inland was terrible, when the heat from Africa came in.
Travelled with a caravan with no AC, and woke up with a headache every morning.
There was no AC units left for sale, all was sold out. I ended up buying one in an office supply store, a unit with wheels made for offices.

Along the coast, it was warm too, but the ocean clearly made it more livable. Just stayed more of the time in the ocean.

Any car that can handle the heat there is good enough for 99,9 of the customers.

Next time you must to visit the green north coast, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, here we are between 30-20ºC most of summer, althought it rains often.

Those noobs, why do they keep testing that thing, just let them customers test for you. They have learned nothing from Tesla

Sarcasm is truth here…


The wrath of the Taliteslas will fall on you.


This EV may actually be considered a real Dalimer “game changer”.

Who’s next?
Anybody else?

It’s “Game On”, all you Legacy ICE OEM Goat herders! Why Is the flock, of the reluctant EV manufacturers, being so darn sheepish?


Indeed! Again they have learned nothing from Tesla. Why is it only a Daimler! “game changer”? They should say it changes everything, it’s the best and safest car of all time, we gonna sell 1 m. each year

It needs to test in the greater Phoenix area. I will be glad to give it a real life test. We hit 120F here at times. The Sun beating on black parking lots hits 140F so this is the place to test. The GM Desert HEAT testing used to be here in Mesa. They now test in Yuma which is close by and I can test there too.

Europeans don’t understand degree F, so they test in Europe.

Germans know better – so they don’t use Fahreheit. Even if Mr. Fahrenheit was in fact a german!

Because Phoenix is SO representative and relevant! Who cares if it works in Phoenix..? I don’t. Morons who choose to live in a hellish climate shouldn’t expect everyone to necessarily cater to their particular needs…

Lot of european makers test their cars in Spain because its geographic variety in a little area. In the southest you have very hight temperatures in summer, coast, roads over 2000 m heigh with low temperatures and snow in summer, and desertic areas in less than 100 km of distance. The regions of Granada and Almería are very usefull for make a wide variety of tests, and much of european makers like Mercedes, have factories in Spain for all the support they can need.

Nice. Finally more competition coming to play!!! Mercedes has the $$$$ to back this thing up. Should be reliable.

I’ll be surprised if this isn’t a good car, but I hate the design. Looks like some generic Japanese 1980s car, a soap holder, lacking completely any kind of edge or futuristic look, to my eye. And it’s just way too big, suggesting boatlike driving dynamics (though I’m sure it’ll actually be ok).

It is impossible to tell how the car is going to look.

I expect a lot from this. It’s a very popular form factor, Mercedes has always been very silent and comfortable. I do think this will be good stuff. Hopefully they have the charging speed to keep traveling comfortable and fast. With CCS reaching speeds from 175 to 350 kW at new chargers, driving electric will be easier than ever. With Ionity, FastNed, Mega E and other networks the superfast charging infrastructure for non Tesla is finally in coming to our roads. Hopefully the 2019 60 kW LEAF and Zoe will also be able to take advantage of such charging speeds.

Wonder why they call it the EQC when MB stated it’s platform size is E-Class. Guess the C stands for ‘Crossover’ and not signifying the vehicle class. Either way, it seems all these big tall boxes on wheels are starting to look the same. Basic geometry keeps them from having the graceful fluid lines, superior driving dynamics or aerodynamics/efficiency of a sedan/5 door.

Like my relative who drives a midsize crossover said after letting him drive my 3-Series to the store, “I forgot how much fun it is to drive a car, and corners are so much more stable.”

Consumers are funny, they tend to buy what they see other people buying, even if they don’t have a need for it, and if it offers them less than what they already had. But this trend is about to end like all other trends where there is no ‘need’, just a want. Consumers will want something else, something different, unlike a big box on wheels.

It’s actually roughly the same size as the GLC small crossover, which is why it has the C moniker. This is the sweet spot of the market right now, so it makes sense to target a small-mid-size vehicle.