Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

October 8, 2020 / 0 Comments / 75 / Car News
Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India
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Mercedes-Benz with its brand new launch of Mercedes-Benz EQC moves towards its new era of e-mobility and “sustainable luxury” in the Indian Automotive landscape. This will be the first Luxury Electric Vehicle in India.

PUNE: India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today started the new era of future mobility in the luxury segment with the launch of Mercedes-Benz EQC. The launch of the EQC represents Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to the automotive industry’s journey towards a sustainable future and signifies a major milestone towards Mercedes-Benz’s “Ambition 2039” which aims to achieve climate-neutral mobility. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first product under Mercedes-Benz EQ brand, a comprehensive product and technology ecosystem that aims to shape the future of mobility, which derives from the Mercedes’ brand values of ‘Emotion’ and ‘Intelligence’.

The EQC is launched with a comprehensive ecosystem that makes it as much fun to drive as a practical car for the customers. The EQC ecosystem promises to take care of the entire customer journey comprising ordering the car online or offline through a showroom, innovative finance packages from DFS, service and charging support across Mercedes-Benz India’s renowned and dense network of 100 outlets in 48 cities, an industry first battery cover and a bunch of best-in-class service packages.

The EQC was launched in India by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO and Santosh Iyer, Vice President, Sales & marketing through a digital event streamed from the company’s Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune.

Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

Launching India’s first luxury EV, Martin Schwenk, Managing Director& CEO commented, “EQC is one of the most anticipated cars in the luxury space and we are glad to pioneer a new segment in India, that of the Luxury EV. We are excited to launch this car for our discerning customers in India who always wanted a practical electric car with a long range, which is very stylish, extremely refined and fun to drive, laden with the latest generation intuitive technology, extremely safe, has zero tailpipe emission, and -most importantly- a pure Mercedes. The EQC meets all these criteria of today’s tech savvy customers as it combines effortlessly design, functionality, technology and luxury together in a unique package. Our objective is to put our combined experience and understanding of the Indian market and customers behind the EQC, and create a long-term, worry-free, sustainable and green mobility ecosystem in India. The EQC will become a torch-bearer towards sustainable luxury in India.”

Mr. Schwenk further added, “Listening to the customers, we launched the EQC in India after creating a nationwide ecosystem that will seamlessly support the EQC customers’ ownership requirements. The entire customer journey of an EQC customer promises to be simple and worry-free starting from booking the car online or offline, financing, wall box installation, to charging and service facilities available across our network. In addition, we are also working towards setting up fast DC chargers on popular routes in tandem with our expansive network spread.”

“EQC will be rolled out from 13 locations in 6 cities in the initial phase. In all such locations, we have exclusive EQC display areas along with dedicated EQC teams who will take care of all the sales and customer service requirements of an EQC customer. With some of the most attractive finance schemes, a comprehensive service package and an industry first battery cover on offer, we are confident owning an EQC will not only be novel but also hassle-free vehicle to own. It definitely marks Mercedes’ leap into a new era, in which electric mobility is reliable, simple yet exciting. We are confident EQC will pave the way for further expansion of our green cars portfolio and underline our electric ambition in India suitably.”

Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

Intelligent Futuristic Exteriors and Interiors that offer sustainable luxury

The EQC radiates ease and modernity where SUV practicality meets sports car sleekness. The EQC’s design language speaks with progressive clarity; exemplified by unique features such as the Widescreen Cockpit, LED strip light front and rear, and the black panel radiator grill. The EQC’s interior is both progressive and modern, using renewable materials for the upholstery and featuring rose gold finishing. The MBUX intuitive system is a revolutionary infotainment system with natural voice control, touch-sensitive surfaces and seamless navigation.

Optimum planning before a journey | Mercedes me app’s benefits

New Mercedes Me Connect features: benefits all existing Mercedes owners.

With the vehicle’s battery management, the users can remotely check the EQC’s battery status, access the status of charging, available range and indication upon charging completion. The user can also remotely define the maximum status of charge and set as per convenience.

Pre-entry climate control feature ensures the user can set the vehicle’s individual zone temperatures before the drive. The Anti-theft alarm system, along with Mercedes me connect gives notification on the App in case of any unwanted movements inside the locked car, and for tow away protection. EQC Compatible charging stations across India are also visible on the EQC Navigation system for ease. Other key features of Mercedes me connect are:

  • Biometric ID access for unlocking the car ensures complete safety
  • Opening and closing of car windows, sunroof remotely from anywhere
  • Geo-fencing: Set a perimeter for car’s movement and receive notifications
  • Vehicle Finder: Enables the car’s horn and flashes the lights
  • MB India continues to offer the Corona Testing Centres in Navigation System through MBUX
  • All EQC customers and existing Mercedes customers will receive new and exciting Mmc features OTA periodically

EQC drivers can plan their destinations from the home or office, enter a departure time and bring the interior to the desired temperature. The Mercedes me app creates transparency and helps drivers to plan upcoming journeys to best effect. Programming is possible directly via MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience or via the Mercedes me App.

Intelligent recuperation| Preserves and perseveres

To ensure that the technical operating range is used to the maximum, the Mercedes-Benz EQC also charges its batteries when on the move through intelligent recuperation. The driver has a major influence on recuperation. He/she is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel. The paddle on the left increases the level of recuperation, the paddle on the right reduces it. The following stages are available:

  • D + (coasting)
  • D (low recuperation)
  • D – (medium recuperation)
  • D – – (high recuperation): This makes one-pedal driving possible, because in most situations the recuperative deceleration is enough not to require operation of the brake pedal.

Fit and Healthy package:

The fit and healthy package of the EQC comprises an ENERGIZING comfort programs, ENERGIZING coach, front seat heating, AIR-BALANCE package for fragrance, ionization and filtering of the interior air. There is also ambient lighting with program-specific lighting moods. The EQC’s ENERGIZING package’s unique features thus has positive effects on the occupants.

The ENERGIZING programs in the EQC comprises unique programs like:

  • Refresh | Vitality | Training

It has video instructions, e.g. to loosen up the muscles (only available when stationary)etc. The EQC also provides a 3-minute audio information tips for sustained promotion of one’s health and day-to-day well-being, for the head, shoulders, torso, lower back and pelvic areas of the body

Safety features in the EQC:

Taking care of the occupants’ safety, the EQC features 7 airbags, attention assist, PRE-SAFER system, ESP and Active Brake assist.

Technical Data: 

CO2 emissions 0 g/km
Power consumption (NEDC) (20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km)
Range (WLTP) 445 – 471 km
Drive system 2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive
Output 300 kW (408 hp)
Peak torque 760 Nm
Top speed 180 km/h (governed)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.1 s
Battery Lithium-ion
Battery energy content (NEDC) 80 kWh
Battery weight 652 kg
Length/width (incl. mirrors)/height 4,761/1,884 (2,096) /1,624 mm
Wheelbase 2,873 mm
Luggage compartment (depending on equipment fitted) approx. 500 l
Kerb weight (EC)/perm. gross vehicle weight/payload (EC) 2,495/2,940/445 kg

Mercedes-Benz launches EQC to kickstart the Luxury EV segment in India

Complete hassle-free ownership experience of EQC: Individual household feasibility survey, wall box installations at home or office, all-inclusive in car price

EQC retail network: Phase wise roll-out of EQC for an enhanced customer experience | Phase I comprises 13 location in 6 cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai | Phase II roll-out to cover other metros

EQC Service & Warranty: Comprehensive service packages offering complete ease of ownership to customers:   

  1. 5 years unlimited kms Comprehensive Service Package
  2. 5 years unlimited kms Extended Warranty
  3. 5 years unlimited On-Road Assistance

First time in the auto industry: Mercedes-Benz India is going to offer the ‘industry first’ 8 years or 1,60,000 kms (whichever is earlier) battery cover for the EQC

Buy-back value for EQC: Assured buy back value for 3 years during the time of purchase for customers

Attractive EMI from DFS India with STAR Agility: 40% lower EMI with Star Agility for a loan tenure of 3 years, starting at an attractive INR 144,111 per month

EQC charging ecosystem: Mercedes-Benz’s densest network spread across India will support any charging & service related requirements for the EQC customers

  1. The EQC has a range of 450 km (as per WLTP) at one full charge | Highly suitable for all kind of intracity travel and daily usability  
  2. For any intercity travel, Mercedes-Benz India has 100+ charging points in 48 cities across the country which are equipped with wall box charging facility
  3. In addition, EQC head unit via navigation will guide customers to the nearest public charging station

Online buying: Customer can order their EQC online from the comfort of their home at: www.shop.mercedes-benz.co.in

  • With its seamless, clear design and color highlights typical of the brand, EQC represents the design idiom of Progressive Luxury
  • With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes
  • Dynamic performance thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 408hp & 700 Nm of Torque| 0-100 in just 5.1 seconds
  • Connected Car technology with the new EQC:
    • The recently introduced new Mercedes Me Connect App provides all-new user interface. | Sharper and easier to consume, the new map interface comes with colored 3D map layouts
  • Fit & Healthy with the EQC: EQC offers a combination of luxury and comfort programs which can improve the fitness, safety and sense of well-being of customer:
    • Unique ENERGIZING comfort programs, an ENERGIZING coach, front seat heating, AIR-BALANCE package
  • The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is priced at INR 99.30 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom, India) Price includes for the first 50 units: AC Wall Box charger, home electrical charger, 5 years unlimited on-road assistance, 5 years comprehensive service package, 5 year unlimited kilometers extended warranty, 8 years/160000kms battery cover  

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