The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz mid-size electric crossover is expected by 2025 and will significantly surpass its predecessor in terms of technical characteristics.
The current Mercedes-Benz EQC debuted in 2018 as the first mass-produced electric vehicle of a new era, the ancestor of the “green” EQ family, which has since been replenished with the EQA and EQB junior crossovers, the EQE business sedan, the EQS flagship liftback and the EQV minivan.
The EQC crossover was based on the MRA conversion platform, that is, the electric car, in fact, was made from a regular Mercedes-Benz GLC with an internal combustion engine, and, as with any conversion, the developers had to make a number of compromises, due to which the key consumer characteristics of the EQC turned out to be quite mediocre, and the price is high. A crossover equipped with two electric motors with a total power of 408 hp. and a battery with a capacity of 80 kWh, can travel 373-437 km on a single charge in the WLTP cycle, depending on the modification, but in reality, as the test of the German magazine auto motor und sport showed, only 317 km comes out – for a car of this class, this is not enough . The maximum charging power is only 110 kW, while 350 kW is now considered the general standard. A ground clearance of 12 cm casts doubt on the EQC’s belonging to the crossover class – you won’t get off the asphalt on this.
The “second” EQC will be built on a fully electric skateboard platform and will intermarry with the fully electric C-class. Both models will offer a range comparable to those of the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3, that is, about 500 km, as well as high charging speeds and a spacious interior. It’s too early to talk about design, but I want to believe that Mercedes-Benz will take into account the criticism of its latest electric innovations (EQS and EQE) and make the second-generation EQC look more harmonious. Ground clearance, hopefully, will be greater than that of the first generation crossover.