Mercedes shows off what it can do with an off-road EV called the EQC 4x4 Squared
Does this hint at a future G Wagon EV?
Mercedes has taken the EV flag and ran with it. Over the past few months, they have been properly digging their teeth into the world of electric vehicles and this can mostly be seen with the EQC which is the German company's flagship EV SUV.
But, a lot of people are going to want more than this. They are going to want to be able to take their Mercedes off-road like their G-Wagon counterparts can (but never do). This is when Mercedes has come back with this, and it might just be the coolest looking EV prototype yet.
This is the Mercedes EQC 4x4 Squared and it is essentially a more rugged version of the existing EQC 400. However, the 'squared' version has over double the ride height sitting at a whopping 293mm versus 140mm on the standard EQC.
In addition to this, this prototype has a fording depth of 40cm which is 15cm more than the standard EQC. This huge advance in ground clearance is made possible by the use of portal axles, which move the centre line of its 20-inch wheels below the axle.
Mercedes also claims this car will have departure angles of 31.8 degrees at the front and 33 degrees at the rear, compared to 28 degrees front and rear with the Mercedes G-Wagon.
If you thought that was all impressive, wait until you hear what Mercedes has done behind the scenes. This car also features what Mercedes describes as "an interactive, emotionalising driving sound" that is "influenced by various parameters such as the position of the accelerator pedal, speed or energy recovery rate".
One would assume this is a way to make the driver feel more envolved in the driving experience as there is no actual engine sound. And as part of this system, empty space in the headlamp housings is used as a loudspeaker.
Unfortunatey, the EQC 4x4² is just a technology demonstrator to show off what Mercedes can do and there are no plans for a production model but it shows that Mercedes is interested in EV technology and that it could appear in other cars across its range.
In fact, in a recent presentation, Daimler's chairman Ola Kaellenius said an electric version of the G-Class was in development and it's likely to use some of the technologies developed for the EQC 4x4² prototype.