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Electric luxury goes off-road with Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×42

EQC front shot

It’s got the Emotive appearance, and tackled to future-oriented technology, Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×42 (no the 2 is not a footnote, that’s the label) takes to the tough terrains showing that electrification at Merc goes beyond the roads. A small team of dedicated developers has created this drivable technology platform on the basis of an EQC 400 4MATIC.

The technical highlights include the multi-link portal axles as well as the production of a powerful sound in the interior and exterior. Introducing ‘lampspeakers’, these don’t only light up the road in front of you, they are also function speakers at the same time.

Taking the vehicle to new heights with this machine, the company wants to show that e-mobility is not just for the city life, but has the capability to go off-roading – perfect for our region! The one-off was developed by a team of engineers taking the already capable E400 to 0 emissions.

With the EQC 4×4² as a technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating that love of adventure can be combined with lifestyle and sustainability. Its capabilities include driving through sand in desert regions and on beaches, on rocky terrain and through mountain streams. As well as great reliability and corresponding comfort, the mature genes of the standard model also allow trailer operation and installation of a roof-rack. A roof-tent and inflatable dinghy allow the remotest areas to be reached – and when making an early start, the other adventurers in the camp will not even be woken up.

EQC interior dash

Off-Road drive programs take advantage of the high-performance logic of the current GLC models. For example, using targeted brake interventions, this enables an improved torque curve when starting on loose ground. In combination with the tyres in size 285/50 R 20, this results in an impressive sure-footedness in terrain. The striking visual appearance is rounded off by the matt metallic gun-metal grey car film and the black wheel arch flares.

Another highlight of the EQC 4×4² is the sound experience with its own soundscape. The acoustic production comprises sounds that give the driver feedback on system availability and vehicle parking, as well as an interactive, emotionalizing driving sound. It is influenced by various parameters such as the position of the accelerator pedal, speed or energy recovery rate. The technology uses intelligent sound design algorithms to calculate the sounds coming from the amplifier of the sound system in real time and the interior loudspeakers to reproduce them.

The production EQC uses the external noise generator (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, AVAS) required by law to reproduce the sounds. The EQC 4×4² has a more powerful AVAS composed specifically for it and uses the headlamps as external speakers for this purpose. The reason being that the sound experts of Mercedes-Benz have made creative use of the available installation space in the headlamp housings – the “lampspeaker” was born.

It’s got the Emotive appearance, and tackled to future-oriented technology, Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×42 (no the 2 is not a footnote, that’s the label) takes to the tough terrains showing that electrification at Merc goes beyond the roads. A small team of dedicated developers has created this drivable technology platform on the basis of an EQC 400 4MATIC.

The technical highlights include the multi-link portal axles as well as the production of a powerful sound in the interior and exterior. Introducing ‘lampspeakers’, these don’t only light up the road in front of you, they are also function speakers at the same time.

Taking the vehicle to new heights with this machine, the company wants to show that e-mobility is not just for the city life, but has the capability to go off-roading – perfect for our region! The one-off was developed by a team of engineers taking the already capable E400 to 0 emissions.

With the EQC 4×4² as a technology platform, Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating that love of adventure can be combined with lifestyle and sustainability. Its capabilities include driving through sand in desert regions and on beaches, on rocky terrain and through mountain streams. As well as great reliability and corresponding comfort, the mature genes of the standard model also allow trailer operation and installation of a roof-rack. A roof-tent and inflatable dinghy allow the remotest areas to be reached – and when making an early start, the other adventurers in the camp will not even be woken up.

Off-Road drive programs take advantage of the high-performance logic of the current GLC models. For example, using targeted brake interventions, this enables an improved torque curve when starting on loose ground. In combination with the tyres in size 285/50 R 20, this results in an impressive sure-footedness in terrain. The striking visual appearance is rounded off by the matt metallic gun-metal grey car film and the black wheel arch flares.

Another highlight of the EQC 4×4² is the sound experience with its own soundscape. The acoustic production comprises sounds that give the driver feedback on system availability and vehicle parking, as well as an interactive, emotionalizing driving sound. It is influenced by various parameters such as the position of the accelerator pedal, speed or energy recovery rate. The technology uses intelligent sound design algorithms to calculate the sounds coming from the amplifier of the sound system in real time and the interior loudspeakers to reproduce them.

The production EQC uses the external noise generator (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, AVAS) required by law to reproduce the sounds. The EQC 4×4² has a more powerful AVAS composed specifically for it and uses the headlamps as external speakers for this purpose. The reason being that the sound experts of Mercedes-Benz have made creative use of the available installation space in the headlamp housings – the “lampspeaker” was born.

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