Following its local debut in January 2020, the Mercedes EQC went on sale in November last year. The launch price was INR 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom), and it was applicable to the first 50 units. The first batch has been sold out, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz (India), told carandbike.com recently. Bookings are still open, but the company expects deliveries to resume in February or March, he added.
Schwenk said that the Mercedes EQC “has generated a lot of interest amongst customers.” The company should expand the availability of the electric luxury SUV to more cities this year. At launch, it delivered it in 13 locations in 6 cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai. While there was no restriction on booking from other cities (online), the company had said that it plans to start delivering it in more cities under Phase II next year (2021). Meanwhile, an improved Mercedes EQC has been launched in Germany, and maybe it would be the version imported second batch onwards.
Here is everything you need to know about the Mercedes EQC in India:
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.
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 Parameter||Specification|
|Length/Width/Height||4,761 mm/1,884 mm/1,624 mm|
|Boot Space||Approx. 500 litres|
|Motor(s)||Two (one at the front axle, one at the rear axle)|
|Motor Power||300 kW/408 PS|
|Motor Torque||765 Nm|
|Battery Pack Capacity||93 kWh (gross)/80 kWh (net/useable)|
|Maximum AC Charging Power||11 kW|
|Maximum DC Charging Power||110 kW|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||5.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||180 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 Time||10 hours (10-100% SoC)|
|50 kW DC Charging Time||90 minutes (10-100% SoC)|
|110 kW DC Charging Time*||40 minutes (10-80% SoC)|
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.
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 & FAQs
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, and the release will happen this year now. 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, in March.