2022 Mercedes EQC400

2022 Mercedes EQC400 | Source: Which car

Mercedes Reveals New Electric EQ Model: The 2022 Mercedes EQC400

As the world continues to drive towards a future filled with electric cars, IEA Global EV Outlook 2021 reports electric car registrations increased by 41 per cent in 2020, and Mercedes is the latest luxury car manufacturer to grow its electric lineup.

The new model of its biggest electric car, the EQC400 is here. The all-electric EQC midsize SUV starts at A$124,300 and slightly more at A$141,300 for the EQC400 Sport.

The new Mercedes sits alongside competitors such as the BMW iX3, the Audi e-Tron that was crowned ‘best electric vehicle 2021‘ and the slightly smaller Volvo XC40 Recharge.

The Mercedes EQC, C-Class EV is the eighth electric model under the EQ name with the original EDC being the first produced in 2018. Mercedes describes its EQC range as;

Stunning design, state-of-the-art technology, a high level of safety and close to silent driving seamlessly combine to give you the most advanced electric driving experience.

Under the bonnet, the latest EDC400 has the same powertrain as its brother the EQC400 Sport. The dual-motor produces 300kW/760Nm making a 100km/h sprint in a claimed 5.1 seconds. The power is delivered through all-wheel drive and the 80kWh battery provides 430km of range.

It’s what you would expect from Mercedes in terms of standard equipment. The EDC has adaptive multi-beam LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, gloss-black 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a power-operated tailgate.

The EDC Sport comes with some of Mercedes AMG magic with an AMG line interior and exterior styling, leather seat trim, leather steering wheel, 21-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, head-up display, and rear privacy glass.

Mercedes EQC
Mercedes EQC Sport AMG line
Mercedes EQC Sport with AMG line

Inside, technology is at the centre of its design. There’s a push-button start, a power-adjustable steering column, power-adjustable front seats with heating and dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting features. The multimedia system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto support and digital radio, is housed in a 10.25-inch touchscreen and there’s also a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster for good measure.

Mercedes EQC inside
Mercedes EQC dashboard
Source: Mercedes

A range of driver-assist features and a five-star safety rating from ANCAP ensure the new Mercedes EQC is likely to keep you as safe as almost anything on the road. The car comes with advanced systems including; autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, high-beam assists, active blind-spot monitoring, park assist and surround-view cameras.

Recent reports aren’t all positive however with the German company recalling 20,000 of its premium EQC electric SUVs sold in Europe. The cars in question were built between 11 December 2019 and 18 May 2020 so it’s unlikely to have an impact on the Australian release of the 2022 Mercedes EQC that is yet to be announced.

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