Mercedes-Benz EQC Launched in India
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Mercedes-Benz EQC Launched in India, Introductory Price Set at Rs 99.30 Lakh

The Mercedes-Benz EQC has just been launched in India. The most upscale production electric vehicle to land on our shores in an official capacity, the EQC has now set the ball rolling for luxury EVs. Thanks to an introductory offer, the first 50 customers of the Mercedes-Benz EQC will only have to cough up Rs 99.30 lakh (ex-showroom, of course), and will also get a complimentary Mercedes-Benz Wallbox charger. Initially, the German automaker wanted to debut the EQC in India in the second quarter of 2020. However, due to the ongoing global pandemic, that plan had to be forfeited. Interestingly, the EQC is not only the first all-electric SUV for Mercedes-Benz, it is India’s very first as well. If you want to actually purchase the Mercedes-Benz EQC, you can do so by visiting one of 13 dealerships located in Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Hyderabad.

So what makes the Mercedes-Benz EQC so special and worth such a high asking price? Well, while looks might be in the eyes of the beholder, the design of the EQC is arguably one of the most appealing. The smooth lines, gentle curves, and a free-flowing silhouette makes the EQC look very aerodynamic sans much effort. The front fascia is dominated by a large three-pointed star and grille, while the sleek headlamps are flush against the body. There is also a strip of LED that stretches across the front and rear of the EQC, really setting it apart from almost every other Mercedes-Benz car on the road. Along the sides, the bold-looking 20-inch alloy wheels are specific to the EQC and are designed to remain flush with the wheel arches. Needless to say, this isn’t an EV that will go unnoticed.

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Underneath its fancier attire, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is based on the GLC – something you will notice if you stare at the EQC long enough. Still, that doesn’t take away the fact that this is a very handsome and well-proportioned design, and it should age well. The cabin of the EQC also comes across as a thoroughly modern and luxurious place, though many of the switchgear has been borrowed from other Mercedes-Benz models. That said, this is a quiet place to spend long journeys in and apart from some tyre noise, you wouldn’t have to ever raise your voice to speak with anyone. To lift your spirits, the EQC gets mood lighting as well as a chatty voice assistant – the latter will announce her (its?) presence every time you say “Hey, Mercedes!” However, the assistant feature, while very interesting and fancy, can get annoying as it can even be triggered if you take the carmaker’s name.

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The build quality and overall fit-and-finish of this interior are pretty good, and you will possibly never hear any weird squeaks or rattles emanating from any corner in the Mercedes-Benz EQC. As for cabin space, you could fit five adults here without being extremely uncomfortable. Of course, due to its compact-ish dimensions and sloping roofline, the EQC isn’t best suited for carrying three adults in the back all the time. Upfront, the 10.25-inch dual widescreen displays look absolutely stunning, and the MBUX infotainment system is surprisingly intuitive and very easy to use. The standard features list of the EQC is actually pretty extensive. You get three-zone automatic climate control, adaptive LED headlamps, a premium 13-speaker Burmester audio system, powered front seats with integrated massaging function, surround-view cameras, a wireless smartphone charger, and a powered sunroof among others.

Providing motive force for the Mercedes-Benz EQC are two asynchronous electric motors situated on each axle, powered by an 80 kWh battery pack. Combined, the two electric motors generate 300 kW (or 402hp) and 760Nm of torque and utilize a fixed-ratio reduction gear to spin all four corners. While it may weigh north of 2.4 tonnes, the EQC can hustle to 100 kmph in a mere 5.1 seconds. Meanwhile, top speed is electronically restricted to 180 kmph. According to the German auto major, the EQC is capable of achieving a maximum range of between 445 to 471 kilometers on a single charge. Of course, expect to comfortably fall short of those figures in the real world.

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In terms of its charging speeds, the Mercedes-Benz EQC’s 80 kWh battery will take just 1.5 hours to charge all the way to 100 percent, if you are using one of the 50 kW fast chargers. However, these really aren’t all that common in India as yet. On the other hand, if you use the 7.4 kWh Wallbox charger provided by Mercedes, expect the batteries to be fully charged in approximately 10 hours. In the rare event you don’t have access to any of those and have to charge your EQC using a traditional 2.4 kWh domestic socket, be ready to wait for at least 21 hours until your car’s battery is fully topped up. The Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with a 5-year/unlimited kilometers warranty and comprehensive service package, along with 5-years, 24×7 free roadside assistance, and an 8-year warranty for the battery pack.

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