Electric car of extremes, sure-footed on rocky rugged terrain and with the future oriented new tech, the 4×4² EQC reveals that Mercedes-Benz electrification is now moving further than the road network. This drivable technology model was developed by a small team of committed engineers on the foundation of an EQC 400 4Matic (combined power consumption: 21.3-20.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km). Multi-link portal axles as well as the creation of a strong sound in the interior and exterior are the technological highlights. The headlamps are transformed into “lamp speakers” as they also act at as a loudspeaker.

With EQC 4×4², Mercedes-Benz aims to push the limits and prove that e-mobility is not only for cities but also for off-roads. Under development engineer Jürgen Eberle, a cross-departmental team developed the one-off, that has already set the E 400 All-Terrain 4×4² on its studded wheels.

“Our aim is to combine modern luxury and sustainability with emotional appeal. The EQC 4×4² shows how enjoyable sustainable mobility can be. This is where electromobility high-tech and an intriguing customer experience are transferred to the mountains, thanks to MBUX and over-the-air updates. To put it succinctly, electric, progressive luxury goes off-road,” says Markus Schäfer, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO. “This drivable study clearly shows that alongside a passion for e-mobility, we at Mercedes-Benz lay a strong claim to leadership in this sector and will heighten the emotional appeal of this even further in the future.”

As a technology platform, with EQC 4×4², Mercedes-Benz shows that lifestyle and sustainability can be blended with the love of adventure. Its strengths involve driving across through desert regions to beaches and from rough rocky terrain to mountain streams. The mature DNA of the standard model also enable trailer operation and installation of a roof-rack, as well as great durability and subsequent convenience.

The EQC 4×4² rides more than double as high as a production EQC at 293 millimetres. The thickness of the ford is increased by 15 centimetres, up to 40 centimetres. The conversion to portal axles makes enormous ground clearance possible: unlike traditional axles, the wheels are not at the level of the centre of the axle, but rather are located much lower down on the axle hubs due to the gears of the portal. Or the whole car, on the other side, goes up.

The arrival and departure angles are as impressive-31.8 degrees at the front and 33 degrees at the back. A traditional G-Class has an arrival and departure angle of 28 degrees, by way of contrast. The reprogrammed Off-Road drive programs take benefit of the new GLC models‘ high-performance logic. For e.g., when starting on loose terrain, this makes for an enhanced torque curve using targeted brake interventions. This results in an outstanding sure-footedness in the rough terrain in combination with tyres of size 285/50 R 20. The matt metallic gun-metal grey car film and the black wheel arch flares round out the striking visual appearance.

Here is the essential off-road data:

  EQC 4×4² (study)EQC 400 4MATIC (standard)
Approach angleDegrees31.820.6
Departure angleDegrees33.020.0
Breakover angleDegrees24.211.6
Ground clearancemm293140
Fording depthmm400250

More facts & figures:

– The EQC 4×4² is higher than the normal edition by around 20 cm

– Wheel arch flares range nearly 10 cm

– Despite 20-inch tyres, the turning radius is minimal due to current four-link front axle kinematics

– In contrast with the standard EQC, land clearance and fording depth are raised by 15 centimetres

Satvika Kushwaha

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