Mercedes-Benz Unveils An Electric SUV To Compete With Tesla

Mercedes-Benz Unveils An Electric SUV To Compete With Tesla

An 80-kWh lithium-ion battery pack will supply electric juice to both motors, which will spin out 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. The compact crossover is expected to go on sale in the U.S.in 2020 and will be the first of a fleet of 10 full-electric EQ-branded vehicles. It's bad. It's really bad.

As a outcome, however, the EQC 400 looks to have the weakest potential recharge rate of the three. In parallel with this, production of Mercedes' own batteries for the EQC is coming on stream at its expanded battery plant near Dresden. The firm's fully-electric offerings wll number up to 10 by 2022, while more models will gain electrification with petrol- and diesel-electric hybrid systems.

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.

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The Mercedes EQC crossover starts production in the first half of next year, part of a plan to develop its EQ electric line, Daimler AG Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche told reporters in Stockholm at the car's world premiere.

We incorrectly refer to the production date of this vehicle as being for a 2019 model year auto. He added, "Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future".

Mercedes-Benz has fired the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology. Mercedes-Benz claims the EQC embodies the design idiom of 'Progressive Luxury, ' inside and out.

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Mercedes is promising a range of 279 miles in the European cycle, though the USA range won't be announced for a while. The rollout of the EQC this week, therefore, represented an early production look at the first mass-market electric Mercedes, in a segment that will soon see plenty of competition from up and down the autobahn.

The maximum range for a Tesla Model X is 295 miles. Other rivals for the EQC include the Audi e-tron, BMW iX3 and the Tesla Y. (A company representative said figures for models destined for the US will remain unconfirmed until closer to market launch.) Forty minutes on a 110 kW outlet will get the vehicle to 80 percent of a full charge.

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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