Not because of Pampers bombers and suburban vehicles: Mercedes wants to prove that the EQC can also be used as an electric car as an off-road vehicle with a very special version of the Stromer. And even if it's not intended for the series, the project has a deeper meaning.
Mercedes sends the EQC into the mud. Because in order to prove that electric SUVs are also very good for off-road use, the Swabians upgraded their Stromer to the 4 × 4 to the power of 2. As with the all-terrain station wagon of the E-Class and before that with the G-Class, they put the clean brother of the GLC on so-called portal axles and thus increased the ground clearance by around 20 centimeters. Because the wheels are at the same time almost 20 centimeters further apart, the off-road vehicle also has special flared fenders, which are connected to the flanks with step strips. On top of that, painted in matt gray, the good and oh-so-clean EQC suddenly looks like a real bastard. Especially when he's staring at the mud.
You don't get far
Although nothing changes in the drive, the two electric motors with 150 kW and 370 Nm each remain. But thanks to the improved off-road geometry, the EQC gets almost as far in mud and mud as the G-Class, which even hits obstacles earlier and drowns faster in the water, the engineers proudly report. Only the range is severely limited. Because the almost 500 kilometers from the test bench with the 80 kWh battery in off-road use quickly melt down to 150 to 200 kilometers, according to the on-board computer.
Even if the 4 × 4 to the power of 2 brought it into series production in the G-Class a few years ago, nobody at Mercedes has the slightest hope that the EQC will have more than this one prototype. But the engineers still know that their work is not in vain. Because you will fall back on the experience from this project at the latest when work on the electric G-Class begins. And the Executive Board has just promised that as one of the next projects on the way to a CO2-neutral portfolio.