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Automakers are racing to develop better electric vehicles, with some companies investing billions into their endeavour and Mercedes is no different. Their entry into the electric SUV segment was recently spied testing in cold weather conditions by CarScoops.

Sitting on Daimler’s EVA architecture, the EQ C is rumored to be offered with various battery sizes when ordering books are open. We’re still in the dark with specifics, but the range-topping variant could take after the concept that was first revealed in 2016.

That example featured a pair of electric motors, which has a combined output of 402hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Good enough to rocket the EQ C from zero to 62mph in under five seconds. Of course electric range is just as important, if not more so, and the concept’s total battery capacity of over 70kWh is enough to give you a driving range of around 310 miles per charge.

If Mercedes can achieve those numbers with their first full-electric SUV then the EQ C could effectively compete against the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace, a crossover with an expected maximum range of 311 miles.

Production will start in 2019 and Mercedes will debut their offering at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
 

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Great time to come to market because everywhere i have looked there's just nothing like this that will launch as of 2019/early-2020
BMW might be one competing brand for them to look out for but at this rate BMW is falling behind.
 

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Looking more into what this means for the broader picture of what Mercedes will have going on, down the road we should be getting an electric E-Series. This segment compared to where the E-Class sits in aren't too far from eachother.
 

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Perhaps it may just be the bulky camouflage, but the rear window looks tiny compared to the rest of the EQ C, which means visibility through the rear will be horrible.
 

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We've seen just how important coming to market first can be with all these EV cars coming down the pipeline. The Mitsubishi Outlander has done extremely well, for the sole fact that there aren't really any other PHEV SUV offerings at this time. If Mercedes is able to deliver on its late 2019 launch window, I'm sure they wont have a problem attracting buyers. Lets hope all these upcoming EV's deliver on their estimated 300 mile range.
 

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We've seen just how important coming to market first can be with all these EV cars coming down the pipeline. The Mitsubishi Outlander has done extremely well, for the sole fact that there aren't really any other PHEV SUV offerings at this time. If Mercedes is able to deliver on its late 2019 launch window, I'm sure they wont have a problem attracting buyers. Lets hope all these upcoming EV's deliver on their estimated 300 mile range.
In markets like this where a number of factors outside of what one car maker does impact what that car maker does, they don't have a choice. In one corner they have what the regulator want, in the other corner rival brands that keep increasing range to stay competitive. Of all brands to rate poorly with range, MB isn't one of them.
 

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We've seen just how important coming to market first can be with all these EV cars coming down the pipeline. The Mitsubishi Outlander has done extremely well, for the sole fact that there aren't really any other PHEV SUV offerings at this time. If Mercedes is able to deliver on its late 2019 launch window, I'm sure they wont have a problem attracting buyers. Lets hope all these upcoming EV's deliver on their estimated 300 mile range.
They have to meet those targets, at this point car makers don't have a choice and its not only that but if you look at where development is taking them it points to range in the high to low 300 mile range at the very least no matter which car maker it is.
 

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I think 300 miles per charge is going to be the new milestone or goal they're trying to hit because I think the Bolt can already deliver low to mid 200 miles. They're always pushing to be the best and Mercedes will have to be the next benchmark to make a name for themselves in the EV niche.
 

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I was at Mercedes for a recall repair this morning and while checking out the GLC a salesman approached me to see if I had any questions. I said I was just taking a good look at the GLC for when it comes out as the EQC. He looked at me like I grew horns. Then he said it would never come to AZ only California. I asked him why Mercedes was extending their plant in Tuscaloosa by a billion dollars and adding and electric car line and battery plant just for CA. My horns must have been growing because he said CA gives a better tax incentive. I let him know he is talking nonsense. There is more to this conversation but already boring you. This man should be selling vacuum cleaners. This salesman did not have a clue about what I was saying and I feel he speaks for most of his pears.
 
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