In the age of electric vehicles, Tesla has become the household name. From the widely popular and iconic Model S Sedan to the high-performing Model X SUV, Tesla engineers have been setting the standard for electric vehicle manufacturers everywhere.
But that may soon change.
In Stockholm this September, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its plans for a new zero-emission crossover SUV, making a statement to the electric vehicle industry that the German luxury car brand is going all in on the electric car market.
With a lot of hype surrounding this new line of electric Mercedes-Benz SUVs, time will tell whether this is the vehicle to dethrone the Tesla or if another luxury manufacturer like Jaguar, BMW, or Audi could make a splash of their own. In this post, we’ll give our insight into the electric vehicle revolution and examine how the EQC specs stack up against the Model X and other luxury electric vehicles.
The new EQ sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz is expected to bring world-class performance and luxury to the electric SUV marketplace when it debuts in 2020. With 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive, the EQC delivers the performance drivers come to expect from Mercedes-Benz. Additionally, with 564 foot-pounds of torque and a single-speed transmission, the SUV can reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph! It also has a range of about 279 miles and uses an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery for power.
The 2018 Tesla Model X has the edge in many of the performance categories but might fall short on the technology integration and luxury aspects when compared to the EQC. In terms of horsepower, the Model X boasts a whopping 518 hp versus the 400 hp of its German rival, although it falls short on torque with only 387 ft-lb compared to the 564 ft-lb of the EQC. In the 0-60 test, the standard Model X clocks in at a similar 4.9 or 4.7 seconds, depending on the battery pack.
With Tesla continually improving its product in both performance and luxury, you can expect a bigger, better, and more advanced model Tesla as the competition becomes more fierce. As for Mercedes-Benz and its EQ line of vehicles, the EQC is only the beginning. The German car maker is likely to improve the performance of future models and become a major competitor in the industry for the foreseeable future.
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