Mercedes-Benz launches fully electric, luxurious EQV

The new Mercedes-Benz EQV promises a new era for the luxury people mover, combining lower daily running and scheduled servicing costs with a deluxe experience according to the luxury car brand.

Constructed under the company’s electric vehicle division (EV), the EQV has been designed to meet the needs of both family buyers and professional drivers seeking a more environmentally friendly way to transport up to seven people in spacious comfort and trademark Mercedes-Benz style.

The latest member of the Mercedes-EQ family combines low emission mobility with high functionality and aesthetic design.

Luxurious ambience extends to the driver and front-seat passenger with power-adjustable seats equipped with memory settings, lumbar support and seat heating.

There’s also the MBUX infotainment system which operates audio, telephony, navigation and vehicle settings, with many popular functions able to be voice-activated by a simple “Hey Mercedes” greeting followed by a command.

All functions including navigation can also be accessed via a 10.25-inch central touchscreen.

Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Diane Tarr, said that with its high roofline, generous proportions and dual electrically-operated sliding doors, the EQV manages to be both practical and luxurious at the same time.

“For large families or transfer operators, the EQV offers all the space and practicality they need, but with less impact on the environment, the potential to lower running costs and no compromise on luxury,” she said.

“This means that it offers all of the typical qualities of the brand and category that our customers expect, whether as a family car or a shuttle vehicle.”

Clever packaging of the high-voltage battery underneath the floor eliminates any possibility of compromising on space for the driver and up to six additional passengers.

The standard configuration features two armchairs in the second row and a three-berth bench seat in the third. As a no-cost option, the EQV can also be specified with four individual leather armchairs in the rear compartment.

Pre-entry climate control is an EV-specific feature that can be used to pre-set the desired cabin temperature for a more comfortable start to journeys, and can be activated via the instrument cluster or the MBUX system.

Other features and displays available via the EQ tile in the MBUX’s main menu include the charging current, energy flow and consumption histogram. The media display can also be used to operate the navigation and charge functions, as well as the driving modes.

The EQV’s practical credentials also extent to exceptional storage and flexibility, with a configurable space capable of accomodating up to 1,030 litres of cargo.

Mercedes-Benz EQV.

The lift-style Easy Pack Tailgate can be owned and closed electrically at the touch of a button and includes a separately opening rear window.

Powering the EQV is a single e-motor, sending up to 150kW of power and 365nM of torque to the front wheels.

The 90kWh battery delivers an indicative range of up to 418km and uses 26.32kWh per 100km.

Thanks to a DC charging capacity of up to 110kW, top-ups from ten to 80 per cent can be achieved at a rapid charging facility in approximately 45 minutes.

The positioning of the lithium-ion battery pack beneath the floor contributes to a lower centre of gravity which improves the handling characteristics, while standard AIRMATIC air suspension takes care of the luxurious experience with high-quality suspension and damping comfort that continuously adapts to the prevailing road conditions.

Drivers can choose from four driving programs with the EQV, emphasising aspects of economic driving (two modes), comfort or sportiness.

There are also five levels of energy recuperation that recover energy during deceleration. In the most active mode, D-, deceleration and recuperation is at its strongest and therefore requires less manual braking while maximising driving range.

The D, D+ and D++ modes progressively reduce active deceleration, while DAuto uses a radar sensor to automatically adjust the recuperation level to the traffic situation.

A comprehensive suite of safety programs includes DISTRONIC Active Distance Assist cruise control, with a 360-degree camera with dynamic guidelines, driver and co-driver airbags, window bags from the A to D pillars, Active Parking Assist, Active Brake Assist, Hill-Start Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Crosswind Assist, an LED Intelligent Light System with Highbeam Assist Plus, reversing camera and sensors, and rain-sensing wipers.

Other standard features include a high-quality Burmester surround sound audio system, THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control with semi-automatic rear air conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a leather multifunction steering wheel.

The attractive exterior is finished with the EQV Exterior Design Package which includes black and chrome highlights and an AMG spoiler lip, and anodised roof rails and 18-inch black high-sheen alloy wheels complete the sleek, distinctive appearance.

Included with every EQV purchase is a one-year complimentary Chargefox subscription, providing customers with one year of unlimited charging at all Chargefox ultra-rapid stations and participating fast charging stations around Australia.

Priced from $155,338 (MRLP), the EQV is available and on the market for customers to get their hands on a great deal.

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