Mercedes EQ C Teased As Company Completes Winter Testing

Mercedes has released the first pictures of the EQ C ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Previewed by the Generation EQ concept, the production model is roughly the same size as the GLC but it has unique styling which hints at its alternative powertrain. While the teaser images don’t reveal much, previous spy photos have shown the crossover will have an all-new front fascia which closely echoes the concept. Key changes include new headlights, a distinctive grille and a more dramatic roofline.

The EQ C will go into production in 2019 and Mercedes has announced the crossover has successfully completed its winter testing program in northern Sweden. As part of the testing regimen, the EQ C and GLC F-CELL were subjected to snow-covered roads, handling courses and skid pads on almost sheer ice. The models also had to deal with gradients of up to 20 percent and temperatures as low as -35° Celsius (-31° Fahrenheit).

Since the EQ C is electric, it needed to undergo additional testing to ensure its powertrain could handle the extreme conditions. As Mercedes explained, engineers examined the vehicle’s range, charging cables and operating strategy. They also monitored the climate control system and the output of the electric powertrain.

In interview with the company’s PR team, Mercedes EQ C chief engineer Michael Kelz said “The pre-production EQ C offers a very safe driving feel and is also so much fun that it leaves a permanent smile on its driver’s face.” He went on to say the crossover is “dynamic and powerful” but a “quiet glider” thanks to its electric powertrain. Kelz added the company is now “concentrating on fine-tuning, prior to the vehicle launch.”

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed the EQ C is expected to have two electric motors as well as a range of up to 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge.

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  • TrevP

    This has to be the most interesting MB to me right now.

    • PK

      me too. this and the audi e-tron. the germans aren’t playing around!

      • Ermal Morina

        Ikr.
        Audi and Porche collaborating,Mercedes on other hands spending stupid amounts of money on EV,exciting time I must say

        • PK

          hey whatever works. you can always count on mercedes benz to pull off an awesome lineups.

  • Daniel

    it’s great the auto makers are bringing out EVs but it’s important there are significant differences between it and their ICE equivalents. If the EQ C is virtually the same as the GLC except for the facia and rear, MB have cut corners to get a product to market just so they can say it’s for sale. still not convinced

    • Matt

      Why is it important there are significant differences? What sense does it make for a company like Mercedes to completely re-engineer virtually the same car for two different power trains? Obviously the platforms will be significantly different between ICE and EV, but if they wish to use the same passenger structure as the GLC then I don’t see that to be a problem.

      Does an EV require different doors and roof to an ICE vehicle? I think not.

      • Daniel

        The experience of driving an EV has to be incredibly different to an ICE vehicle. One thing that makes Tesla special is the interaction between man and car is unlike any other car on the road. Say what you will about build quality, or ability to get volume product to market, there is no denying they stand alone on having an incredible driving experience

        • PK

          what’s an ICE?

          • Matt

            Internal Combustion Engine.

        • Matt

          Ok I’m confused by everything you’ve just said. Tesla’s ‘incredible driving experience’ is down to a few things, in my mind: Crazy acceleration, lack of noise, and autopilot.

          Of those things, which one is affected by the type of body shell Mercedes uses?

          Also Tesla’s probably have the LEAST interaction between man and car. No gearbox, no engine noise, no need to even drive the car in some scenarios – where is the interaction?

  • Kagan

    Glad they are back with big star on the grill. It was pathetic small on previous ML class, so ugly.
    They should also get rid of the ugly plastic glass covering the stars too!

    • Matt

      The glass on the emblem hides the radar system.

      • Kagan

        I know but it is very ugly!

  • Ermal Morina

    The design hasn’t change from the concept by the looks of it,so thats amazing

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