It’s the company’s first electric SUV!

One month after it made its official debut, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the company’s first all-electric crossover, showed up for public display at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Displayed alongside the new-generation GLE Class, the EQC has quite a few technologies to showcase in France.

Mercedes’ first venture in this segment, the EQC is pretty much a standard SUV as far as looks go. However, features like the front grille, headlamps, and wheels set it apart from its GLC and GLE siblings. The interior is also unique. Even though it borrows many features from Merc’s current design language, it has a unique dash layout, a new touchpad controller, and unique A/C vents. The the real highlights of this electric crossover lie in the technology department.

State-of-the-art Infotainment

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Things kick off with the MBUX infotainment system. Introduced earlier this year in the A-Class hatchback, it was revised for the EQC to include EV-specific features. It now displays the range, charge status, and energy flow, and enables you to set up the EQ-optimized navigation system, driving modes, and charging current. It also has a special EQ menu where numerous EV-related features are grouped.

But while infotainment systems with EV-specific features are common in electric cars, the MBUX system stands out thanks to its intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension. Activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes," it accepts multimedia functions like destination input, phone calls, music selection, writing and hearing messages, and weather forecast, as well as convenience functions like climate control and lighting.

Thanks to natural speech recognition, Voice Control recognizes and understands nearly all sentences in the areas of multimedia and vehicle operation.

Unlike regular Mercedes models, it also understands EQ-specific questions like "Where is the next charging station?" and "Where can I charge the battery?"

New Electric Drivetrain

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Mercedes-Benz developed brand-new drivetrain technology for the EQC too. While it’s no big news that it has two electric motors — many EVs do — the big deal is that they’re configured differently in order to reduce power consumption. Specifically, the front motor was optimized to drive the SUV with the best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear motor handles the sportier side.

Powered by a new-generation Lithium-ion battery made from 384 cells, the motors generate 402 horsepower and up to 564 pound-feet of torque together.

Located deep into the floor to help save room inside the cabin, the battery has a modular design with two modules with 48 cells each and four clusters with 72 cells each.

Saving Energy and Keeping Passengers Safe

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Another interesting piece of technology is Eco Assist, a system that notifies you when it’s appropriate to lift off the accelerator pedal.

This happens when the vehicle is approaching a change in speed limit or an area where coasting can be enabled to save battery. The system works in conjunction with data from the navigation and traffic sign recognition systems, as well as info from the intelligent safety assistants.

Mercedes-Benz also packed the EV with active safety systems, making it one of the safest crossovers on the road. The Driver Assistance Package, for instance, includes new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching traffic, Active Brake Assist, Pre-Safe, and Pre-Safe Plus.

Further Reading

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC.

2016 Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept.

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On the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris, Mercedes-Benz showcased the latest member of its premium SUV family, the new GLE. More than 400 invited guests witnessed the world premiere of the SUV trendsetter at the brand’s "Meet Mercedes" event. As in previous years, the Hotel Molitor, with its Art Deco design and street-art elements, provided the perfect setting for the popular event format. Besides a best-in-class cd figure of 0.29, the GLE also offers a compelling new operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems, a new engine line-up and considerably more space.

“21 years ago, we founded the premium SUV segment with the M-Class. Since then, the importance of these models has continuously increased – not only for us, but also for the whole industry,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “That’s strong motivation for us to make the GLE even better. Families will enjoy the additional space; business people will be happy about the improved connectivity and fans of the outdoors will love its new driving capabilities.”

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE is packed with innovations. One world first is the 48-volt E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension, while the driver assistance systems go one step further with Active Tailback Assist. The interior is even bigger and more comfortable, with an optional third row of seats. The infotainment system comes with bigger screens, a full-colour head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels and MBUX interior assist, which can recognise hand and arm movements for convenient operation. The exterior design exudes not only presence and strength but also sets a new aerodynamics best-in-class in the SUV segment.

At Meet Mercedes at the Molitor, the former iconic swimming pool converted into a luxury hotel in 2014, invited journalists enjoyed an exclusive insight into several new products and technologies from the brand with the three-pointed star. Also unveiled alongside the new GLE were the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined 7.4-7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 169-167 g/km) and the smart forease show car, which will celebrate their world premieres tomorrow at the Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris. Another world premiere scheduled for tomorrow is that of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Celebrating its show premiere is the EQC, the first battery-electric vehicle from the EQ product and technology brand.

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