Electric vehicles may have seemed like a bit of a joke just a few years ago, but with the rise of Tesla and the increasing popularity of cars like the Nissan Leaf, there’s no denying that EVs are here to stay.
Accepting this fact, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its first ever all-electric car – the EQC400 4MATIC.
The all-wheel drive SUV comes almost two years after the concept SUV made its debut at the Paris Motor Show and marks the “dawn of a new era” for the company. After having a look through the initial specifications however, it’s a little unclear who the vehicle is aimed at.
The car is due for release in the US in 2020, by which time the EV market will be even more fierce, so you might expect it to have some eye-catching features to one-up its competitors. Unfortunately, it seems to be lagging behind in almost all areas. It has a 200-mile range on a full charge, which is less than current cars on the market like the base version of the Tesla Model X 75D (237 miles), and can do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, which is also slower than a lot of existing EVs. 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.
Of course, we can’t comment on the handling of the vehicle yet, and there’s always the pull of that Mercedes badge and image to lure in customers, so maybe it will be able to corner a section of the market regardless. It also boats a slick infotainment system with two 10.25-inch digital displays, heated seats, and optional 64-color ambient lighting. The price is yet to be announced, but we’re guessing it will be in the region of £60,000 – £70,000.
What do you think – does that star emblem have enough pulling power to make up for the rather disappointing spec?