Mercedes reveals EQC electric SUV will be available next year

The EQC is the first dedicated all-electric car from Mercedes

The EQC is the first dedicated all-electric car from Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz says the EQC will have two motors that generate 564 pound-feet of torque, 402 horsepower, and the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph (96.5km/h) in 4.9 seconds.

Interestingly, Mercedes is preparing to present its first exclusively electric model, the EQC family SUV not in Germany, but in Stockholm, Sweden. It's bad. It's really bad.

The EQC 400 looks muscular and contemporary with a coupe-like silhouette, similar to the GLC SUV.

Dubbed the EQC, it is just the first in a long line of Mercedes EVs that will swamp the market in the next five years.

The battery can be charged from 10-80% in as little as 40 minutes, using a DC charger.

Its infotainment tech, known as MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Expereience) employs artificial intelligence to learn a driver's habits and preferences to tailor the infotainment and in-car functionality to suit.

Future electric cars from Mercedes-Benz will feature far more distinctive styling than the recently revealed EQC SUV, according to EQ sales and marketing boss Jorg Heinermann. EQC will be an all-wheel drive vehicle and reportedly has 200 miles of battery range.

The rear of the car features a full-width brake light
Mercedes reveals EQC electric SUV will be available next year

The EQC crossover would reportedly start production in the Bremen factory in Germany, and it will eventually spread to China and possibly to the company's USA plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, claim sources.

The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla's to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach about 50,000 cars this year and nearly double that in 2019.

Mercedes is not just aiming at Tesla, but competing against every other luxury brand with an all-electric vehicle on the market or coming to market. While the allelectric vehicle hints at the striking future design cues from Infiniti, the Prototype 10 concept's most important feature is its electric powertrain.

The EQC presumably has been benchmarked against the Model X 75D, which also carries a 4.9-second zero-to-60 miles per hour time. "In this way we can continue to ensure both high efficiency and top quality with well-proven production processes". Top speed, then? Well, that's also been electronically limited to 112 mph, 43 mph slower than the Model X and 12 mph slower than the Jaguar I-Pace.

"Tesla has virtually no competition - but that will change from 2019".

The vehicle, which will be available in the United States in 2020, will mark the debut of the German carmaker's electric "EQ" marque.

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