Mercedes takes on Tesla with fully-electric SUV ZlotoNews


Accepting this fact, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its first ever all-electric vehicle - the EQC400 4MATIC.

It seems that auto makers are busier than ever trying to score points off each other in the race to bring electric cars to market, and grab the car-buying public's attention. The company also showed its EQ Silver Arrow concept just last week in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The exterior styling is quite similar to the GLC but with more of an emphasis on drag reduction.

The EQC softens its higher-riding proportions with sporty curves and a distinctive full-width rear light, while the interior resembles that of the Mercedes C-Class - a reminder of economies of scale that electric-only Tesla can not match. Even Porsche's new Taycan, technically a sedan, is aimed at eating away at Tesla founder Elon Musk's lead. It is also perhaps most fitting that the EQC is an SUV - after all, the SUV and crossover market has proven to be accepting to newer designs and change, and would be accepting of an electric SUV. A slide-open sunroof, heated seats, and regenerative braking come standard. Inside, there are rose gold colored accents under a continuous flat panel display screen that forms both the gauge cluster and controls for things like navigation and the stereo.

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An illustration of the EQC's 80kWh battery pack. It sports an all-new drive system with compact drivetrains at each axle. All at the same time as Mercedes was busy revealing the EQC. However, Mercedes-Benz seemed to have second thoughts about the driving range communicated for the US - perhaps after criticism that 200 miles didn't quite cut it.

Mercedes will begin rolling out the EQC globally next year, with plans for it to arrive in the 2020.

"While Tesla now has a strong hold on the luxury electric market, I don't think this will be the case after the arrival of the German premium offerings", said Wajih Hossenally, an automotive powertrain analyst with IHS Markit.

For the most part, the EQC looks like a Mercedes-Benz crossover SUV with a sporty shape but there are few unique touches setting it apart from the brand's other vehicles. The 75 kWh all-wheel-drive variant has a range of 237 miles and hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The production-spec Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 has been showcased in a special event held in Stockholm with production scheduled to start from 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.