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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the launch date of their first EQ electric sub-brand model to be some time next year. Before then, we’re given a taste of what’s to come in an episode of the Fully Charged show and who better to give viewers a rundown of the EQ C than Chief Engineer of the Mercedes-Benz EQ C, Michael Kelz.

As the first model to be produced under the EQ brand, Mercedes has invested heavily in electric vehicle technologies. Their goal for the EQ C was to create a vehicle that’s so quiet, passengers wouldn’t be able to hear anything from the drivetrain. Of course comfort and drive character is of high importance as well, to that end Kelz and his team are engineering the EQ C to hit that 0-62mph time of around 5 seconds.

Powering the car is a battery pack with a capacity of around 70kWh, which can be charged in just 30 minutes at a 150kW fast-charge station and provide around 310 miles (500km) of range per charge. What’s more, the maximum output that the two electric motors on the front and rear axles can provide is 300 KW or 400 hp.

Those specs should be enough for the EQ C to adequately compete with rivals such as the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X.

 

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Those are some pretty impressive figures considering the size of the EQ C. It actually beats out the projected range on the upcoming E-Tron, though we'll have to see what real world numbers find. Had no idea how large it was until I saw it in motion.
 

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Is it just me or does the cabin look very small and dark? Their heads are almost touching the roof and that guy in the rear is hidden in the shadows. Are the C or B pillars too wide?
 

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Is it just me or does the cabin look very small and dark? Their heads are almost touching the roof and that guy in the rear is hidden in the shadows. Are the C or B pillars too wide?
I don't see what you're talking about, the most important thing that in a vehicle like this that heads don't go too far beyond the top most part of the head rest, they haven't reached that point.
 
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