1.2 crore (estimated)
Mercedes’ CEO Dieter Zetsche says this car matters because CO2 reduction does. He reckons “mankind’s greatest achievement” is the Paris climate accord. As the conversation moves on, I fail to make the obvious riposte. Tesla is a company that has dedicated itself to decarbonising the car, whereas the EQC has a problem: green-minded customers won’t want to buy their carbon-light car from the guys who build the G63 AMG. But then, Tesla seldom makes money. Mercedes is old enough to have learned that selling environmentally catastrophic V8-engined SUVs to the short-sightedly selfish is good business. It generates the profits necessary to finance the all-electric EQC.
Precisely because the EQC comes from a different philosophical and business starting point than the Tesla Model X, it has turned out very different: the electric car you’d expect a petrol-car company to make. Jaguar might have looked outward when making the I-Pace, but Mercedes has looked in. The EQC is resolutely normal. Good, but really normal.
On the road, awesome refinement is its main appeal. Low-speed motor whine is absent, and high-speed tyre and suspension noise are also brilliantly suppressed. It’s fabulously serene. The ride isn’t pillow-soft but it does filter out secondary harshness really nicely. But it’s a two-and-a-half-tonne car and feels it, especially given the damping – which isn’t adaptive