Local specs and pricing have been confirmed for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC, the brand’s first electric vehicle to be available in Australia.
Offered locally as an EQC 400 4Matic and priced from $137,900 plus on-road costs, the SUV is the first model under the German marque’s ‘EQ’ sub-brand. An EQV people mover and EQS limo will soon join the stable, along with plug-in hybrid models and more variants equipped with EQ boosted (mild-hybrid) combustion engines.
For some market context, the EQC will be competing against the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, along with the upcoming Audi e-tron and BMW iX3.
Those who have pre-registered online to get their hands on the EQC will be the first to confirm the specification of their vehicle, with the first deliveries to customers expected to begin from early 2020.
The EQC uses a 405-volt, 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack to power two asynchronous motors (one on each axle) that produce 300kW of power and 760Nm of torque. Following a full charge, a driving range of between 414 - 434km. Mercedes-Benz claims the dash to triple figures from a standstill takes 5.1 seconds.
Buyers get free and unlimited access to Chargefox’s ultra-rapid charging stations for the first five years of ownership with approximately 220 kilometres gained in 30 minutes at the EQC’s maximum DC charging rate of 110kW.
Roughly 20 ultra-rapid charging sites will be located between Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with more sites expected to join the network in 2020.
EQC owners can also access pay-as-you-go fast-charging locations fitted with a Type 2 CCS plug. This would provide extra range of approximately 100km from a 30-minute charge.
A Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home can also be purchased and installed on regular single-phase power to deliver up to 7.4kW, which adds approximately 15km of range in 30 minutes.
Standard kit includes the MBUX infotainment system with twin 10.25-inch digital screens and Mercedes me Connect, the smartphone-based app that allows remote engine starting and door locking/unlocking, remote checking of vehicle status and geofencing functions.
Open-pore black ash wood trim is standard on the EQC, while carbon-fibre-look trim and aluminium-look trim are no-cost options. AMG black leather seats can also be found with artico/dinamica microfibre also a no-cost option.
At launch, 25 of the first EQC customers will be able to purchase and Edition 1 package which includes 21-inch AMG alloy wheels, two-tone designo Nappa leather with diamond-stitched platinum white pearl inserts, climatised front seats, tri-zone climate control, MBUX navigation with augmented reality, and 'Edition 1' badging on the B-pillar. It is priced at $6900 in Graphite Grey metallic paintwork, or $8600 in designo Diamond White paint.
There will also be an Electric Art Line package available for $5900 which includes top-stitching in rose gold, dashboard with fine surface texture in metallic silver grey and topstitching in rose gold, the energizing package plus wellness program, air-balance ioniser, multi-contour front seats featuring adjustable bolsters and massage function, climatised front seats, and a choice of leather finishes.
The EQC 400 is available to order now with deliveries set to commence early in 2020.
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