2018 Mercedes-Benz ‘EQC’: mule for electric SUV spied testing
A development mule for the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric crossover has been spied undergoing cold weather testing in northern Europe.
Given that the mule doesn’t seem to have any stretch marks, cut lines or otherwise disfigured body panels, it’s safe to assume that the EQC, or whatever it will be called, will share most of its key dimensions with the GLC.
In fact, aside from the complete absence of exhaust tips, an extra access port cut into the rear bumper, a bulkier looking undercarriage, exposed tow hooks, covered badging, EV stickers on the windscreen, and plain white disguise tape along the bottom portion of the vehicle, there’s little to hint at the developmental nature of this car.
Styling for the EQC is expected to be based on the Generation EQ concept that made its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show. That vehicle featured a total system output of 300kW via electric motors on both axles, and a driving range of around 500km.
The EQC will be the first salvo in Mercedes’ electric car onslaught, with the company aiming to release 10 electric vehicles by 2025. In August last year, Mercedes-Benz applied for trademarks on the EQA, EQC, EQE, EQG, and EQS nameplates, as well as the following terms: EQ Boost, EQ Inside, Generation EQ, and Generation MEQ.
Underpinning the EQC and future electric vehicles will be a new flexible vehicle platform that can accommodate electric motors on one or both axles, and that houses a lithium-ion battery pack under the floor of the main passenger cabin.
The EQC will reportedly be built alongside the GLC crossover and various C-Class models at Daimler’s factory in Bremen, Germany.