Mercedes-Benz presented its first 100% electric SUV at the America Business Forum

11/02/2020

A highlight of the activity, organized with the aim of analyzing and discussing the economic and cultural situation of the region in the coming years, was the launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC, the first premium electric vehicle in Uruguay.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC, the first premium electric vehicle in Uruguay.
Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC, the first premium electric vehicle in Uruguay.

The latest in artificial intelligence and technology applied to the automotive industry could be seen during the latest edition of the America Business Forum, the largest global forum of leaders in Latin America that brought together several government authorities, private sector representatives and NGOs.

The brand, which sponsored this renowned event, shared with those present the most outstanding features of a truck that stands out for its amazing 471-kilometer range, its extensive technological equipment and the level of safety it has.

The vehicle, a pioneer of a new generation, with a unique and avant-garde aesthetic, offers a dynamic exterior design, which reveals the power of the electric propulsion system. The "Black Panel" grille, meanwhile, allows the vehicle to be recognized as a member of the Mercedes-Benz EQ model family. This element also forms a unit with the Multibeam LED headlamps and their exclusive blue elements. At the same time, the slimline coupé-style roofline and the design of the side windows, classify the new model as a crossover SUV.

The interior of the EQC 400 4MATIC perfectly reflects the future-oriented approach of the premium car brand. Its specific features, which allow it to be identified as an electric car, are inspired by electronic entertainment devices. With avant-garde and modern chromatic combination, the interior includes elements in leather and wood, in line with the quality that distinguishes the firm.

Also, one of the main elements that differentiate this vehicle from the rest of the market is the lithium-ion battery, which has a guarantee of eight years or 160,000 kilometers.

Those in charge of presenting the 100% electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz highlighted that Uruguay is one of the first markets in Latin America to receive it, because the necessary conditions exist for its commercialization, as part of the actions implemented to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons.

In that line, they also mentioned the agreement celebrated by the firm with the Italian company Enel X -which offers energy solutions ranging from demand response to battery storage and electric vehicle chargers- to implement an important recharging infrastructure.

The EQC 400 4MATIC is also suitable to be applied to the benefits of investment projects established by the Investment Law Enforcement Commission (Comap), which represents another of its advantages.

The impressive van was exhibited at the entrance of the show together with other Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid EQ Power models, such as the C 300 e Avantgarde and the GLC 300 e 4MATIC.

Those who wish to purchase this model may do so during the pre-sale, from US$ 105,990 for the EQC 400 4MATIC variant.

This new product is another step forward for Mercedes-Benz, the most valuable car brand in the world according to the latest Global Brand Finance 500 ranking. With a brand value of US$ 65 million, it is ranked 11th in the general ranking, improving in two positions with respect to the previous year.

MERCEDES-BENZ GLB, A DISTINGUISHED FAMILY MEMBER

We are in the final stretch of the year and many brands still give us surprises we call it Christmas gifts for lovers of four wheels, and a firm that never ceases to surprise us is Mercedes-Benz, which has not rested and continues to strengthen its product offering, this time joins the family of the star the new GLB, the first compact brand to have the option of three rows of seats.

GLB250. Photo: Mercedes-Benz
GLB250. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

A vehicle proudly made in Mexico, among the particularities offered by this new model is the large interior space, which can carry up to seven passengers thanks to its third row of seats (optional), consisting of two individual seats (Easy-Entry) that can comfortably carry people up to 1.68 m in height.

In addition, the backrest of the second row of seats is divided into three sections in a 40:20:40 ratio, can be folded down to form a flat load surface and includes an eight-position tilt adjustment.

Aesthetically speaking, it stands out for its robust proportions that accentuate its all-terrain character. The body shapes are wide and expressive. At the front, the headlights that accredit the code of its genetics attract attention.

The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4MATIC Progressive is pushed with a 4-cylinder turbo engine in line 2.0 liters, which delivers 224hp at 5,500 rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,800-4,000 rpm.

When driving in road mode, an 80:20 distribution between the front and rear axles is chosen for the "Eco/Comfort" driving programme. In "Sport" mode, this ratio is 70:30. In off-road mode, on the other hand, the 4MATIC all-wheel drive disc clutch assumes the function of a longitudinal lock, and the basic force distribution is balanced at 50:50.

GLB250 4MATIC. Photo: Mercedes-Benz
GLB250 4MATIC. Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Technical Data Sheet

Horsepower: 221 hp

Tire size: P235/55R18

Configurations & Price

MSRP: From $36,600

GLB250 $36,600

GLB250 4MATIC $38,600

By Mexicanist