Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 on sale in Australia from $137,900

The premium electric SUV market is heating up, and will soon welcome a number of models from the big-name car manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz is the next on the list for Australia. The local arm is preparing the launch of its EQC 400.

Joining the likes of the Jaguar I-PACE, Audi e-tron, and even the Tesla Model X, the Mercedes EQC 400 is a mid-size premium SUV featuring a fully electric powertrain. Specifically, power comes from a pair of 150kW electric motors that generate a combined 300kW and 760Nm, fed from an 80kWh, 405V lithium-ion battery.

In terms of acceleration performance the company says 0-100km/h comes up in as little as 5.1 seconds, which is slightly slower than the Jaguar I-PACE (4.8). On a full charge the official range is listed at 434km (ADR). Energy consumption is rated at 21.4kWh/100km.

As for charging, owners can recharge at up to 110kW on a DC system and achieve 220km of range in 30 minutes. The SUV is fitted with a Type 2 CCS plug, which means it can hook up to various public charging stations as well. There’s also the ability to pay for a special Wallbox at home which uses a single phase system at up to 7.4kW. This is the maximum AC rate for the vehicle, providing around 15km of range in around 30 minutes.

Being a Mercedes-Benz means luxury and tech is of course paramount. As standard the EQC 400 comes with two 10.25-inch digital screens for the dash, with MBUX operating software, voice command, and Mercedes me Connect. Open-pore wood trims decorate the cabin, with optional carbon fibre or aluminium-look highlights. The AMG seats are covered in black leather, or optional Artico/Dinamic microfibre.

A special Edition 1 will also launch in Australia bringing in a range of exclusive options. Just 25 examples are up for grabs, featuring 21-inch AMG wheels, two-tone Nappa leather with diamond-stitching, and Edition 1 badges.

Market entry for the regular and Edition 1 takes place on December 9. Prices start from $137,900, with the Edition 1 adding $6900 to the bill (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.