Apart from the launch of the Mercedes-Benz S560e plug-in hybrid limousine, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also showcased two other models from its EQ brand of intelligent electric mobility i.e. the all-electric EQC SUV and the C300e plug-in hybrid sedan.
“As a long-term and committed investor in the country, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia sees much potential in the country’s automotive sector and we are ready for an electrified future. The future of mobility will offer more flexibility and countless new possibilities that will make our lives easier,” said Dr Claus Weidner, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the automobile, is using the EQ brand to reshape the future of mobility. The EQC, in 400 4MATIC guise, makes its first Southeast Asia stop in Kuala Lumpur with hopes to accelerate an electric agenda. The EQC brings design, functionality and service together in a unique way. It offers day-to-day suitable e-mobility in a very special package: the EQC is an electric car, and at the same time 100% a Mercedes.
“The SEA premiere of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, as previewed today, presents the next generation car, reshaping the future of mobility with a combination of progressive design, state-of-the-art safety assistance, connectivity, digitalization as well as its signature features. You could say – Electric now has a Mercedes,” says Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, the EQC is the front-runner for an avantgarde electric look while embodying progressive luxury with its design idiom. With respect to quality, safety and comfort, the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles and immediately impresses with the sum of its attributes. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW (408 hp & 760 Nm). It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.
With a sophisticated operating strategy, the EQC has a potential electric driving range of about 450 km according to NEDC (provisional figure). The EQC’s 80 kWh lithium-ion battery consists of 384 cells arranged in the vehicle floor between the axles. The battery system is liquid-cooled and modular in design, consisting of two modules with 48 cells each and four with 72 cells each. The powerful high-voltage battery has a maximum voltage of 405 V and a nominal capacity of 230 Ah. The battery is an integral part of the crash concept for the vehicle as a whole and its low, central location also has a positive effect on the handling characteristics of the EQC.
The EQC can be charged via a domestic power socket but due to the battery’s capacity, it takes about 11 hours to fully charge it from empty. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home charger can take battery charge level from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes. In cooperation with a country-specific charger installation partner, Mercedes-Benz also offers easy and rapid installation of the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox and professional advice on all aspects of e-mobility.
EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electro-mobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring.
Besides that, Mercedes-Benz has kept things familiar such as the MBUX infotainment system, ambient lighting, drive modes, ambient lighting, Burmester surround sound system, etc. Mercedes-Benz hopes to make the EQC available to Malaysian motorists in the latter half of 2020.
In the case of the C300e plug-in hybrid, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is also looking to introduce this model as a replacement for the C350e. Despite the lower ranking model name, the C300e packs more power. The 2.0L 4-cylinder engine produces 211 hp with torque peaking at 350 Nm. This is paired with a 90 kW (122 hp) electric motor for a combined output of 235 kW (320 hp) and 700 Nm. Also fitted with a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission like the S560e, 0 – 100 km/h acceleration is 5.4 seconds.
Like the S560e limousine, the C300e’s 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is capable of a 50 km electric range potential. It will take 1.8 hours to charge it via the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home charger while a domestic outlet stretches that to 6 hours.
The C300e comes with the AMG Line exterior, featuring 19″ AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels. Headlamps are MULTIBEAM LED with 84 independently-operated and highly-accurate LEDs that can automatically and intelligently adjust to suit lighting conditions or congestion levels around the vehicle such as when at a roundabout, in urban and congested areas, or in severe weather conditions that may affect driver’s vision. In addition, the C300e is also equipped with the electronically-operated panoramic sliding sunroof.
For seats and upholstery, the C300e is fitted with leather upholstery with a pre-installed memory seat package and open-pore black ash wood trim. It also maximises drivers’ convenience with a 12.3″ instrument cluster display and 10.25″ central display.
The C 300 e offers a familiar range of equipment such as the DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL, PRE-SAFE® system, Active Brake Assist as well as the KEYLESS-GO package.
This range of Mercedes-Benz EQ vehicles can be seen and tested (along with other models from the Mercedes-Benz range) this weekend (14 – 16 June 2019; 10 am – 5 pm) at Bandar Malaysia, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama, Kuala Lumpur (the old TUDM airbase in Sungai Besi).
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