Mercedes EQ C

Will the Mercedes EQ C be the first must-drive electric car?

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All we’ve seen so far are it’s carefully dazzle camouflaged curves. But does the Mercedes EQ C have what it takes to break electric vehicles into the mainstream? And how does it match up to the concept car premiered in Paris in 2016?

The EQ C has kept the distinctive front end seen 2 years ago in a bid to ‘electrify’ the design, and bring this electric Mercedes bang up to date. Slick and modern, the new EQ C looks to be a stylish crossover that should appeal to a wide market.

Familiarity breeds content

Now that designers have realised that conventional sells when it comes to EVs, the EQ C sports an interior complete with infotainment centre that looks to be lifted straight from the new Mercedes A and C class.

In size, it sits somewhere between a saloon and a compact. Not surprisingly the saloon sized EQ S and the more compact EQ A will both be part of the eventual lineup.

Premium electric

The EQ C is obviously paving the way for a whole raft of premium electric vehicles bearing the Mercedes marque and built around Mercedes’s Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA).

But what does that mean, exactly? Mercedes has decided to power each axle with its own independent 150kW motor. And it’s that all-wheel drive, it’s makers say, that will deliver the kind of premium performance that will take the electric Mercs to the head of the desirability list.

Mercedes is nothing if not ambitious, targeting a 500km range with potential power outputs in excess of 400bhp. The Lithium-ion battery packs deliver 80kWh and are situated low on the spine of the EVA platform for better performance and a lower centre of gravity for improved handling.

Range and price

Although Mercedes is targeting 500km, it confidently expects that this stylish cruiser will be making average trips of closer to the 100km mark. However, the public apparently expects EVs to be capable of far greater ranges to allay any performance anxiety.

Finally, the price. Obviously the EQ C won’t be cheap, but Mercedes says its pricing will be in line with a high end GLC, so expect to pay around £80k for a model hot off the production line. Not within the reach of most people but this is likely to be a precursor to a mainstream, range-wide EVA initiative.

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