Mercedes Benz have announced that they will be bringing the EQC all-electric SUV to India in April this year and it is expected to cost about Rs. 1.5 crores.
Mercedes Benz India have announced that they are going to bring their all-electric EQ sub-brand to India this year. Mercedes Benz will debut the EQ range in India with the EQC SUV in April. The EQC all-electric SUV was unveiled back in 2018 as the brand’s first series production all-electric vehicle. It was also on display at the 2018 Auto Expo. To mark the announcement, Mercedes unveiled the EQC ‘Edition 1886’ (special edition EQC that pays homage to the year when Karl Benz filed a patent for the first vehicle powered by a petrol engine) at its plant in Chakan, Pune.
The Mercedes Benz EQC will be brought to India via the CBU route. It will thus be mechanically identical to the global model. It will be powered by two electric motors – one on the front axle and another on the rear axle – thus enabling four-wheel drive. The two motors work in conjunction to each other and together, they produce 407hp and 765Nm of torque. Power is derived from an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has a claimed range of 400km on the WLTP cycle.
The Mercedes Benz EQC isn’t the most beautiful looking SUV but buyers won’t be put off by it either. The SUV of course carries some typical Mercedes styling elements like the front bumpers, the curves and lines along the side profile and even the window line. However, it is the face with the large grille and integrated headlights that look a little awkward. The EQC looks the most attractive from the rear profile and is very unique for a Mercedes Benz car. Still, there are better looking electric SUVs around.
Climb into the cabin and there’s no denying it’s a Mercedes, with a lot of common bits like the switchgear and dual-screen display for the infotainment system and instrument cluster. Even the center console and steering wheel looks identical to many modern Mercedes cars. It is perhaps only the AC vents that have been differently designed and look quite attractive indeed. What’s also different are certain trim panels, patterns and the overall setup being slightly inward set.
When launched, the Mercedes Benz EQC is expected to cost about Rs. 1.5 crores, ex-showroom and it will rival the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi E-Tron in India. Besides confirming the introduction of the EQ brand, Mercedes-Benz India is also working towards strengthening its green credentials under its ‘Sustainable Luxury’ philosophy. By the end of 2020, the carmaker plans to have 45 percent of its electricity requirements to come from renewable resources. The company will install 4,000 solar panels at its manufacturing facility, and with this, it is expected to produce around 1.6 MW and reduce CO2 emissions by 2,600 tonnes per annum.