Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4² is more

Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4² is more capable than your Land Cruiser

Battery power and portal axles, show what Unimog technology can do with the Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4².

Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4² is more

Luxury car and massively capable off-road vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has the talent and resources to develop both.

For decades, the original German car company has delivered outstanding off-road vehicles. From its original Unimog utility truck to the iconic Geländenwagen SUV, there is no arguing the fact that Mercedes-Benz 4x4s get you many places, where their rivals can’t.

Mercedes-Benz on track with electric off-road ability

As the world’s oldest car company prepares to embrace a new future of battery powertrains and electrification, many of its most committed customers are concerned about what that might do to the brand’s portfolio of hardcore 4x4s.

To assuage this fear, Mercedes-Benz has released its latest engineering prototype, illustrating how an electric vehicle platform can provide superior off-road exploration ability.

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EQC: Showing what an EV can do off-road

Using the EQC electric SUV platform, Mercedes-Benz’s engineers have improved its off-road capabilities with a set of special axles and huge tyres.

The official codename for this EQC is 4×4², and there is no trace of irony in that naming convention as this is truly a luxury 4×4 station wagon, to the power of two.

With an unambiguously purposeful stance, it is clear that his EQC means business. The 4×4² has nearly twice a standard EQC 400’s ground clearance, with no less than 293mm worth of underbody clearance. Compare that to the EQC 400’s 140mm, or even a Geländenwagen’s 270mm, and you realise how significant the upgrades are.

Enabling this all-conquering electrically powered SUV are portal axles. This is a technology that Mercedes-Benz has used for decades on the Unimog. These raised axles drive a secondary in-wheel gear set, allowing for some extraordinary off-road capability statistics.

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More capable than any petrol or diesel Merc SUV

Approach and departure angles are crucial when navigating very technical and rocky off-road terrain and here the 4×4² is phenomenal. It has a 31.8° approach and 33° departure angle, which calculates to an improvement of more than 50% over a conventional EQC.

Tellingly, the 4×4² manages to have even better off-road angles than the legendary Geländenwagen.

Providing this hugely capable battery-driven 4×4 with traction, are terrain appropriate tyres, the like of which you are unlikely to see on many rival SUVs: 285/50 R20.

Mercedes-Benz’s EQC 4×4² a ‘proof of concept’

For the moment, this Mercedes-Benz’s EQC 4×4² is merely a proof of concept, but all the bits are definitely within the company’s supply chain and production systems. It also has a proven record of eventually building its more outrageous off-road concept vehicles, which bodes well for this very charming, and thoroughly capable, electric vehicle.

The EQC 4×4² is powered by two electric motors, one for each axle. Combined power output is 300kW and 760Nm, which is more than adequate for conquering the steepest gradients or deepest sand.