Mercedes-Benz introduced its first luxury electric vehicle in India last October – the EQC. Although the EQC was initially only available in six metro areas during the first phase of the launch plan, the company says demand exceeded their expectations. With the latest announcement, Mercedes-Benz has reopened bookings for its second batch of EQC vehicles for India. Online bookings or bookings at a dealership near the customer are available.
Mercedes-Benz has extended the reach of the EQC retail network. There will be 50 cities in the country where the service will be available, making it accessible to a much larger audience. As part of the EQC upgrade, Mercedes upgraded the onboard charger as well. A new 11kW onboard charger replaces the previous 7.5kW onboard charger, making it identical to the one on offer in the Audi e-Tron. In contrast to previous methods of charging, Mercedes-Benz claims this version takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to reach 100 percent, instead of 11 hours previously.
The EQC is driven by two asynchronous motors on each axle, generating a combined 408hp and 700Nm of torque. This vehicle has a driving range of 370-414 km using WLTP’s latest cycle and is powered by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted to the floor. An electric socket that delivers 15A (3.4kW) takes 21 hours to fully charge. Charging speeds vary depending on the power source. The DC fast charger, however, will allow you to charge the battery from 10 to 100 percent in just 90 minutes. Additionally, Mercedes provides an onboard charger that delivers 11kW.
A diesel version of the EQC is also on the way, but Mercedes has significantly changed the styling in order to make this vehicle stand out from the crowd. The car is marked by smooth flowing curves, a unique grille and headlamp treatment, and accents in blue. Interior details like the bronze insert in the air-con vents and the unique seat design make it stand out as an EV, though the dual-screen infotainment and instrument panel are quite familiar.
The EQCs in the first batch were sold at Rs 1.06 crore (ex-showroom) in India and the prices of the second batch are likely to remain the same. Towards the end of October 2021, the second batch of EQCs will begin arriving. This luxury EV competes with Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-Tron in this segment.