We’re excited at Leama Specialist Cars, not just because this is our debut blog, but because summer 2019 onwards heralds a momentous chapter for the Mercedes brand as part of the push by the automotive world, governments, environmental organisations and others to encourage motorists to make the switch to plug-ins and, in particular, all-electric cars.
A classy sight to behold
Externally, Mercedes has demonstrated tactful balance in styling the EQC, blending the GLC’s familiar platform and strong echoes of its aesthetics with a grille that is unarguably sizeable but doesn’t look clichéd, distinctively encased by a glossy black panel that houses the car’s MULTIBEAM LED headlights. The hooked daytime running lights are linked by a full-width optical fibre running across the top of the grille, and the rear also features a light-bar joining its taillights, ensuring that the EQC will exude presence especially at night, while blue accents and lettering hint at the crossover’s electric powertrain.
Inside Mercedes’ electric SUV
The EQC’s interior again balances the futuristic and familiar to appeal to lifelong Mercedes buyers and neutral electric car enthusiasts alike. The car’s dashboard is driver-focussed, boosting the feel of engagement, and the way that the marque’s latest MBUX dual-screen infotainment system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice functionality has been nestled in the centre of instrument panel trim reminiscent of a hi-fi amplifier’s cooling ribs will wow the technophiles out there.
Rose-gold air vents are the kind of thing Apple would think of and, combined with the blue ambient theme throughout, result in the EQC’s cabin feeling very special indeed. Its short wheelbase makes it more snug inside than an I-PACE but Mercedes’ fully-electric crossover is still said to be accommodating enough for five adults, while the 500 litre boot isn’t class-leading but is still practical. It’s also capable of towing up to 1,800kg unbraked.
Sat nav in the EQC has been optimised for electric car life and can reroute automatically based on remaining battery range, uphill roads in the area and other variables, while the gloriously crisp HD screens can be toggled to show a wide range of info’ such as energy flow and recuperation. Mercedes’ electric SUV is also reported to be extremely hushed and refined, partly thanks to lots of attention having gone into insulation. All new electric cars from this month onwards must be fitted with an acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS) so that pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles know they’re approaching, and Mercedes has equipped the EQC with an artificial hum sound to alert others externally, while its passengers’ tranquil ride remains unbroken.
Trim levels for the EQC range from Sport and AMG Line through to AMG Line Premium and Premium Plus, along with First Edition and Edition 1886 models.
What are the EQC’s electric stats?
Mercedes’ electric SUV is even more incredible under the skin, the car’s 80kWh lithium-ion battery and brace of motors producing 408bhp (or 300kW), sprinting to 62mph in 5.1 seconds before going on to 111mph, and providing a battery range of 259 miles under WLTP. One of the beauties of electric cars is their instant acceleration and with 765Nm torque the EQC will feel brisk to say the least. While the dual-motor approach means it’s a four-wheel drive vehicle in essence, it has a definite on-road bias. Obviously it emits zero emissions and its regenerative braking technology makes it effortlessly relaxing to drive in urban traffic. At a time when plastic and the general environment are discussed regularly, it’s cool to know that the EQC’s dashboard is made from recycled bottles, and its upholstery partly utilises recycled materials like cotton, paper, wool and hemp. On the road prices start at £65,640.
With the Jaguar I-PACE becoming an increasingly regular sight out there in the wild, the Tesla Model X now well-established and the Audi e-tron set to appear on UK roads shortly, Mercedes couldn’t risk delaying its own all-electric SUV offering, which may be more compact than the latter two alternatives but benefits from being lighter, while its ride isn’t reported to suffer from the lack of continuously variable air suspension. Futuristic enough on the outside and inside to appeal to young drivers keen on adopting prestige electric motoring, without alienating loyal Mercedes enthusiasts, the EQC will undoubtedly regularly feature in Leama Specialist Cars’ used stocklist over the coming years and this exciting model is available to order now through leasing.
The present and future of Mercedes’ hybrid and EV range
Other than the EQC, Mercedes doesn’t offer any more full EVs, but the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class are all available as plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. Under Mercedes’ new EQ Power badge, the new and much more attractive B-Class MPV will also receive the plug-in treatment in the near future and we wouldn’t be surprised if a fully-electric variant follows on its heels.
It’s inevitable that the Stuttgart brand’s perfectly-timed new GLB crossover will also be offered as a hybrid in due course, and around Easter time Mercedes unveiled its EQV concept, which is essentially what the V-Class will look like when it turns all-electric. The large MPV’s face will incorporate some of the EQC’s styling highlights, while its 100kWh battery should be good for 250 miles, with rapid-charging taking it from empty to a 70-mile range within fifteen minutes. At Leama Specialist Cars of Knutsford, we’re also well-known for selling and leasing vans, not only prestige cars, so we’re equally excited about the imminent electrification of large people-carriers like this, plus straight commercial vehicles.
If you’re impressed with the EQC’s credentials but feel that you need to wait before switching to an all-electric model, why not browse Leama Specialist Cars’ current showroom stocklist to see what used Mercedes and other cars are currently available?