As Australians continue to embrace all-electric mobility Mercedes is about to add another model to its local line-up – the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

The EQC 400 4MATIC has front and rear asynchronous electric motors producing combined outputs of 300 kW and 760 Nm. It can accelerate from rest to 100 km/h in as little as 5.1 seconds thanks to the instant torque that’s there from one rpm.

An 80 kWh lithium-ion battery offers an expected range of up to 430 km.

The high-resolution digital screen lets the driver view energy flow displays and set up charging parameters.

The EQC has powered front seats and steering column with memory settings, heated front seats, black ARTICO upholstery and DAB+ digital radio.

Mercedes me Connect app enables control of functions via a linked smartphone and remote access to key vehicle data, including charge status.

There’s smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto. The cabin has ambient lighting offered in 64 colours.

Standard safety includes nine airbags and Electronic Stability Program, Traffic Sign Assist, the Driving Assistance Package Plus including Active Distance DISTRONIC, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Braking Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist.

The clever Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE system prepares the vehicle and occupants when it senses an imminent crash.

There are aerodynamically optimised 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in gloss black, with a high-sheen finish.

All variants in the EQC range include a five-year unlimited subscription to the Chargefox national network of ultra-rapid stations and participating fast charging stations.

Charging cables for domestic sockets and public charging stations are supplied, and a Mercedes-Benz Wall Box can be purchased separately to enable faster, programmable home charging.

The EQC is capable of charging at up to 110 kW via DC and 11 kW via AC.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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