Sneak peek at the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC concept

Mercedes really, really wants you to know that its EQ electric cars will soon become a practical reality. The automaker has shown off heavily camouflaged prototypes of its EQC SUV with word that the production model is on track to launch in 2019.

Mercedes-Benz EQC concept

Test mules already endured "tough" winter conditions in northern Sweden between January and March, while upcoming trials will check its powertrain and suspension. It won't be a gentle summer for the EQC, as Mercedes is subjecting it to a heat stress test in Spain.

Mercedes-Benz EQC concept

The EQC is leading Mercedes' entry into from-scratch EVs and should be competitive with the likes of Tesla's Model X and Jaguar's I-Pace. The twin-motor vehicle pumps out roughly 400HP and is estimated to drive up to 310 miles on a charge, albeit on an outgoing test cycle (US EPA figures are likely to be lower).

Its main advantage is likely to be that three-pointed star on the front -- it's an upscale electric vehicle with a familiar name and a (mostly) familiar approach to design.

- Engadget
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