The beefy SUV looks more than capable in the dirt.
Good old boys across the nation are slowly coming to the realization that the age of the gas-powered off-roader is coming to an end. For some, this might come as sad news, but for many, this is only the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the world of pickup trucks and SUVs. Cars such as the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T Truck are sure to deliver impressive off-road performance once they hit the roads of America, and now Mercedes-Benz has joined the EV off-roader club with its EQC 4x4². This hardcore electric machine is based on the EQC 400 4Matic and aims to provide massive driving capability and impressive luxury. In a new video released by Mercedes-Benz, we can see the EQC 4x4² in action, and it looks impressive.
"Our engineers at Mercedes-Benz have taken the Swabian inventive spirit to the next level and show us how to transform obstacles into chances. The result: the Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4²," says Mercedes-Benz, as the video shows the EQC thrashing about in the dirt. At one point the EQC 4x4² can be seen pulling pro wakeboarding champion Sanne Meijer on water skis through a shallow pond in what seems to be a rock quarry because that's exactly what potential owners are looking for.
The car stands out from the standard model with a massive lift in ride height, off-road wheels, and flared wheel arches. The ground clearance and fording depth have been increased by 5.9 inches over the standard model thanks to multi-link portal axles. The approach/departure/break-over angles are up to 31.8/33/24.2 degrees, compared with the standard model's 20.6/20/11.6 degrees.
Due to the silent nature of EVs, the EQC 4x4² offers various soundscapes to complement the driving experience, and goes so far as to use the headlights, or "lamp speakers" to produce exterior sounds. An obvious advantage of the silent drivetrain is that game drives will be much more effective, as animals won't be startled by loud engine noises.
The EQC 4x4² joins an already impressive range of EV offroaders, including the G500 4x4² and the E400 All-Terrain 4×4²