5 things you must know about the Mercedes EQC

Following its local debut in January this year, the Mercedes EQC is finally on sale in India now. Daimler has launched the Mercedes EQC in India at INR 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom), but this price is applicable to the first 50 units.

The new Mercedes electric car is available at showrooms in 13 locations in 6 cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai. However, interested customers in other locations in India can book their EQC online on the Mercedes-Benz India website and the company will deliver it to them. More metro cities will get the new Mercedes electric car under Phase II in 2021.

1. Design & features

The Mercedes EQC is the first mass-market Mercedes electric car, derived from the Mercedes GLC mid-size SUV. Daimler distinguishes the pure electric SUV with sportier exterior and a more technologically advanced interior.

The electric luxury SUV features different headlamps that are sleeker and a unique upper grille at the front, both enclosed by a black panel. The central star is exclusively illuminated, and the headlamps are connected via a thin light stripe.

Looking from the sides, the roofline has a steeper slope, and the beltline has a higher rise that results in a more stylish greenhouse. This is the angle where the electric variant looks noticeably sportier, and the headlamps floating out to the sides also have some contribution in this appearance. At the rear, the new electric SUV flaunts slimmer tail lamps that are connected via a light stripe and a cleaner tailgate design.

The interior has several noteworthy changes from the Mercedes GLC, and the most important one is the dual-display setup in the front. A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system are clubbed to form one seamless panel.

2. Specifications

The heart of the this Mercedes electric SUV is the two motors generating a total power of 300 kW or 408 PS and a total torque of 765 Nm. The source of energy of these motors is a standard Lithium-ion battery pack with a usable storage capacity of 80 kWh. The maximum Mercedes EQC range in India given as per the international WLTP method, and it is 471 km.

Mercedes EQC ParameterSpecification
Length/Width/Height4,761 mm/1,884 mm/1,624 mm
Wheelbase2,873 mm
Boot SpaceApprox. 500 litres
Drivetrain LayoutAWD
Motor(s)Two (one at the front axle, one at the rear axle)
Motor Power300 kW/408 PS
Motor Torque765 Nm
Battery Pack Capacity93 kWh (gross)/80 kWh (net/useable)
Maximum AC Charging Power11 kW
Maximum DC Charging Power110 kW
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)5.1 seconds
Top Speed180 km/h (electronically limited)
Range (WLTP)Up to 471 km
2.4 kW AC Charging Time (Home Charger)21 hours (10-100% SoC)
7.4 kW AC Charging Time10 hours (10-100% SoC)
50 kW DC Charging Time90 minutes (10-100% SoC)
110 kW DC Charging Time*40 minutes (10-80% SoC)
*110 kW DC charging point not available yet in India

3. Charging locations

The Mercedes EQC supports up to 110 kW power input for fast-charging, but in India, only the peak power of fast chargers maxes out at 50 kW. Mercedes-Benz says that it will have a charging facility for the EQC at over 100 locations spread across 48 cities in India. The purchase price includes the cost of the company’s 7.4 kW AC Wall Box charger and its installation, home charger.

4. Vehicle Warranty

8-year/1,60,000 km battery warranty, 5 years/unlimited km vehicle warranty, 5 years unlimited roadside assistance and 5 years comprehensive service package are standard.

5. Upcoming alternatives

Globally, the Mercedes EQC competes directly with the Audi e-tron and the BMW iX3. Volkswagen Group planned to launch the Audi e-tron in India by the end of 2019, but various issues have continued deferring the launch, now scheduled in 2021. There’s no plan to launch the BMW iX3 in India currently, but we will get the comparatively smaller rival from the UK, the Jaguar I-Pace, this Diwali.

What is the Mercedes EQC price in India?

The Mercedes EQC price in India is INR 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom).

What are the Mercedes EQC competitors?

The Mercedes EQC will compete with the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace in India.