Mercedes Shows Off Official Spy Shots of the EQC Production Prototype
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Electrification is a thing in 2018. Several automakers already offer electric cars, and while some have quite a few on offers, others are still rolling out their first examples. Mercedes-Benz is among those that are still working in an electric lineup, but the wait will come to an end at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, when the EQ model makes its public debut. Announced in 2016, the EQ sub-brand will include the company’s fully electric models, starting with the ECQ, which Mercedes just previewed through a couple of photos with a camouflaged vehicle.
The first in a line of new all-electric cars wearing the Mercedes-Benz badge, the EQC appears to almost as big as a midsize SUV. Although the letter C in the name suggests an electric alternative to the compact GLC, the EQC seems to slot between the GLC and the GLE in terms of size. Not many styling features are visible outside the LED headlamps and the wagon-style roof, but it should have a familiar look when compared to the company’s existing model. It could actually introduce a revised design language; I’m not expecting a radical exterior.
Mercedes previously said that the EQC will feature a 70-kWh battery pack and a couple of electric motors that will generate up to 300 kW or 402 horsepower. This rating suggests that at least two output options will be available. The Germans aim at a range of 500 km (310 miles) per single charge, which should translate into an EPA rating of around 250 miles. The sprint to 60 mph will reportedly take less than five seconds, which will put the EQC on par with the base Tesla Model X and the recently unveiled Jaguar I-Pace.
More info should become available at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next week so make sure you stick around for details.
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