I reckon we make it 12 words into this without mentioning Tesla. Whoops. Summer 2019 and, at last, there’s a big-hitting electric family car group test that doesn’t feature one of Elon’s Silicon Valley chip-chariots. Tesla always protested its mission wasn’t so much to build world-beating cars as to give the global auto-giants a crowd-pleasing kick up the exhaust pipe. Here’s their reaction.
Audi vs Jag vs, well, not the first electric vehicle from the company that brought you The Car. But the first one to launch an EQ sub-brand that’ll duel the VW’s ID family, the next gen of iBMWs, and yep, Tesla. The Merc EQC is a very important car. Not that it looks it. It’s a blob. Current Merc design boils down to: “Sorry we blemished our cars with creases and angles last decade; here’s a pebble.”
Grafted onto the XXL-wagon form of the EQC, it looks oddly thickset. Form following flab, then – the EQC’s foundations are donated by the GLC, but at 2,495kg, it’s over half a tonne heavier than one of Merc’s internal combustion SUVs. Unavoidably, 625kg of that is the floor-mounted 80kWh battery.
Photography: Jonny Fleetwood