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Live updates: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV launch live blog, price reveal, range, specifications, features explained

Simran Rastogi  /
Updated: October 08, 2020, 01:36 PM IST

It's a historic day for Mercedes-Benz India, with the launch of the manufacturer's first-ever all-electric vehicle, the EQC 400 SUV, set for later in the day (2:30PM IST). The launch of the EQC also marks the first-ever luxury electric car in India. A quick reminder of the specifications on the EQC 400 4MATIC reveals twin-electric motors, one on each axle, producing a combined 408PS and 760Nm torque, an 80kWh battery pack placed in the floor between those two axles, and a claimed 0-100kmph time of 5.1 seconds, with an estimated range of 471km. A full charge from empty via the 3.4kW portable charger takes 21 hours, while using the 7.2kW wall-mounted charger Mercedes will install for you cuts that time to around 10 hours. Mercedes also plans on setting up 50kW DC fast charging stations at strategic locations around the country.We've already driven the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400, and found it to be a Mercedes through and through. All that remains is the reveal of the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400's pricing, which you can catch right here as it happens.

  • Oct 08, 03:12 PM (IST)

    Apart from the 8-year battery 'cover' service on the EQC 400, the 'Hi-5' customer service package brings a 5 yr unlimited km comprehensive service package, warranty and Mobilo roadside assistance.

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<div>Apart from the 8-year battery &#39;cover&#39; service on the&nbsp;EQC 400, the &#39;Hi-5&#39; customer service package brings a 5 yr unlimited km comprehensive service package, warranty and Mobilo roadside assistance.</div>
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  • Oct 08, 03:08 PM (IST)

    Pricing announced! The Mercedes-Benz India EQC 400 has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 99.3 lakh, ex-showroom. Pricing applicable for the first 50 units of the EQC.

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<div>Pricing announced! The Mercedes-Benz India&nbsp;EQC 400 has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 99.3 lakh, ex-showroom. Pricing applicable for the first 50 units of the EQC.</div>
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  • Oct 08, 03:06 PM (IST)

    Importantly, Mercedes-Benz India has set up over 100 charging points across 48 cities, apart from the EQ dealerships in the six cities as mentioned.

    <p>Importantly, Mercedes-Benz India&nbsp;has set up over 100 charging points across 48 cities, apart from the EQ dealerships in the six cities as mentioned.</p>
  • Oct 08, 03:03 PM (IST)

    Customers outside of the cities mentioned can order a Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 online as well.

    <p>Customers outside of the cities mentioned can order a Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 online as well.</p>
  • Oct 08, 03:01 PM (IST)

    Under Phase-1, Mercedes-Benz India will sell the EQC 400 via dealerships in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

    <p>Under Phase-1, Mercedes-Benz India&nbsp;will sell the EQC 400 via dealerships in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.</p>
  • Oct 08, 02:50 PM (IST)

    The EQC 400 will be offered with a portable home charger, a Wallbox that Mercedes will install either at a customer's residence or work place, and will have the option of DC fast-charging - for a near full charge in just 1.5 hours.

    <p>The EQC 400 will be offered with a portable home charger, a Wallbox&nbsp;that Mercedes will install either at a customer&#39;s residence or work place, and will have the option of DC fast-charging - for a near full charge in just 1.5 hours.</p>
  • Oct 08, 02:44 PM (IST)

    On the eve of the launch of Mercedes-Benz's first electric car in India, the EQC 400, we already have the plans in place to have over 10 pure-electric cars from Mercedes-Benz globally by 2022!

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<div>On the eve of the launch of Mercedes-Benz&#39;s&nbsp;first electric car in India, the EQC 400, we already have the plans in place to have over 10 pure-electric cars from Mercedes-Benz globally&nbsp;by 2022!</div>
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  • Oct 08, 02:41 PM (IST)

    Ambition 2039 - the CO2-neutral plan from Mercedes-Benz. Kicks off with CO2-neutral production from next year, a shift to EVs for half the model line-up by 2030, and onwards.

    <p>Ambition 2039 - the CO2-neutral plan from Mercedes-Benz. Kicks off with CO2-neutral production from next year, a shift to EVs for half the model line-up by 2030, and onwards.</p>
  • Oct 08, 02:37 PM (IST)

    Online sales for Mercedes-Benz India expected to account for 25% of total by 2025. Company also says sales are back to about 70-80% of pre-COVID-19 levels.

    <p>Online sales for Mercedes-Benz India expected to account for 25% of total by 2025. Company also says sales are back to about 70-80% of pre-COVID-19 levels.</p>
  • Oct 08, 02:14 PM (IST)

    Again, as per our review: "The EQC 400 has all the standard trimming expected in a Benz. The only distinguishing marks are the rose-gold louvres on the air-con vents. Everything else is exactly the same, and that's a good thing. Its familiar, comfortable, and instantly gratifying."

    <p>Again, as per our review: <em>&quot;<span style="font-family:roboto,sans-serif; font-size:17px">The EQC 400 has all the standard trimming expected in a Benz. The only distinguishing marks are the rose-gold louvres on the air-con vents. Everything else is exactly the same, and that&#39;s a good thing. Its familiar, comfortable, and instantly gratifying.&quot;</span></em></p>
  • Oct 08, 01:50 PM (IST)

    An excerpt from our review highlights how the system works: "Using the coasting however sees the quickest increments in range, and on our drive which wound itself through the Mumbai-Pune expressway, the coasting facility gave us the best efficiency. The brake regen options in either D+ or D++ mode is not the most comfortable way to drive the car and should ideally be reserved for when you're either in crowded urban areas or driving on a highly curved stretch of road. In D++ its also possible to drive the car without using the brake pedal at all, that is how ferociously the regenerative deceleration operates."

    <p>An excerpt from our review highlights how the system works: <em>&quot;<span style="font-family:roboto,sans-serif; font-size:17px">Using the coasting however sees the quickest increments in range, and on our drive which wound itself through the Mumbai-Pune expressway, the coasting facility gave us the best efficiency. The brake regen options in either D+ or D++ mode is not the most comfortable way to drive the car and should ideally be reserved for when you&#39;re either in crowded urban areas or driving on a highly curved stretch of road. In D++ its also possible to drive the car without using the brake pedal at all, that is how ferociously the regenerative deceleration operates.&quot;</span></em></p>
  • Oct 08, 01:48 PM (IST)

    Brake regeneration of energy is included, of course, and the level of regeneration can be set via the steering-wheel mounted paddles. The EQC 400 puts its power down via a direct-drive single-speed gearbox, like most other EVs, so the paddle shifters have been repurposed.

    <p>Brake regeneration of energy is included, of course, and the level of regeneration can be set via the steering-wheel mounted paddles. The EQC 400 puts its power down via a direct-drive single-speed gearbox, like most other EVs,&nbsp;so the paddle shifters have been repurposed.</p>
  • Oct 08, 01:46 PM (IST)

    With a Type 2 CCS plug, the EQC can charge at a maximum of 7.4kW on AC, or up to 110kW on DC. Mercedes-Benz will set up a Wallbox charger for customers that can take the EQC from 10 to 100 per cent charge in about 10 hours. We're told the company will also set up 50kW DC fast-charging stations at strategic locations, which should be able to refill 80 per cent charge from empty in 1.5 hours. 

    <p>With a Type 2 CCS plug, the EQC&nbsp;can charge at a maximum of 7.4kW on AC, or up to 110kW on DC. Mercedes-Benz will set up a Wallbox charger for customers that can take the EQC from 10 to 100 per cent charge in about 10 hours. We&#39;re told the company will also set up 50kW DC fast-charging stations at strategic locations, which should be able to refill 80 per cent charge from empty in 1.5 hours.&nbsp;</p>
  • Oct 08, 01:35 PM (IST)

    Essentially a GLC, being based on the same wheelbase and riding on similar mechanicals, the Mercedes-Benz EQC houses the battery management systems under the hood, while the batteries sit sandwiched under the floor. 

    <p>Essentially a GLC, being based on the same wheelbase and riding on similar mechanicals, the Mercedes-Benz&nbsp;EQC houses the battery management systems under the hood, while the batteries sit sandwiched&nbsp;under the floor.&nbsp;</p>
  • Oct 08, 01:15 PM (IST)

    Though the EQC gets an electric motor on each axle, the default mode is two-wheel drive, with the front motor driving only the front wheels. This motor is also tuned for efficiency in the low- to medium-load range. When you step on it, the motor on the rear axle is also called into action, which Mercedes says helps determine the dynamics of how the EQC responds when the driver asks for more speed.

    <p><span style="font-family:roboto,sans-serif; font-size:17px">Though the EQC gets an electric motor on each axle, the default mode is two-wheel drive, with the front motor driving only the front wheels. This motor is also tuned for efficiency&nbsp;in the low- to medium-load range.&nbsp;When you step on it, the motor on the rear axle is also called into action, which Mercedes says helps determine the dynamics of how the EQC responds when the driver asks for more speed.</span></p>
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