BEATING AROUND THE HUSH

MERCEDES-BENZ EQC 400

ASH WESTERMAN

FIRST AUSSIE DRIVE

CAUTIOUS? OR CLEVER? They’re the two central themes that need to be probed when considering Mercedes’ first-ever mainstream EV.

The ‘cautious’ question is unavoidable, given the company’s decision to not build the EQC on a bespoke EV architecture, thus missing out on potential packaging advantages. Instead, this car is, in essence, a GLC with dual electric motors and an 80kWh hour battery. So there’s no frunk, for example, and the second-row floor is still split by what was the transmission tunnel.

Model Mercedes-Benz EQC 400