Mercedes readies first Tesla rival in €10-billion attack

Mercedes readies first Tesla rival in €10-billion attack

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.

According to Mercedes, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. Take for instance Mercedes-Benz, which has been teasing the release of its upcoming EQC all-electric crossover SUV.

The EQs, which stands for "electric intelligence", aren't the first pure-electric cars from the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker. Mercedes-Benz is calling it the "Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles", and they're right in both literal and figurative terms. The company never hid the fact that concept was meant to preview the real deal, and indeed, it did just that. The black panel is bordered at the top with daytime running lamps.

Inside, louvered trim runs across the dashboard and the doors. Leather seats and carbon-fiber trims are available as an option. It'll also have EQ-specific rose gold accents throughout the cabin, including on the air vents.

The 80kWh battery is touted to provide a range of more than 450km, while intelligent navigation and predictive cruise control assist in effective, smart energy management. The EQC features a pair of asynchronous motors-one for each axle-and will boast 300kW (402hp) and 564lb-ft (765Nm).

Inside, the EQC is a mix of typical Mercedes-Benz interior bits and unique-to-EQ design traits.

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The EQC is set to begin production in 2019 and go on sale in the 2020.

Daimler goals to possess around ten electrified vehicle versions by 2022, an objective retold on Wednesday by Daimler Boss Dieter Zetsche, who desires the EQC, as well as the other electrical autos, can manage 15-25 % of the revenue by 2025.

The Mercedes EQC supports up to 110kW fast charging that can juice up the batteries from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes.

The Germans are now introducing their Tesla fighters as consumers are beginning to adopt electric cars on a larger scale, driven by regulations that are making their diesel-guzzling variants more expensive and electric cars becoming cheaper and easier to own.

It also reminds us of Elon Musk's claims for the Roadster which include a 200kWh battery pack, 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds and a range of over 600 miles.

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