An electric SUV that is not afraid of getting dirty? That would be the Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4², a more hairy-chested take on the regular model that just celebrated its official debut on film in a promo shared by the company online.
Unlike the EQC 400 on which it is based, it will unfortunately remain just a study, albeit one that sports a number of differences such as an elevated ground clearance, portal axles and numerous other upgrades.
The EQC 4×4² is almost 6 cm (2.4 in) taller than the standard G-Wagen, has 31.8 approach and 33 departure angles, a 24.2 brakeover angle and 40 cm (15.7 in) fording depth. It is also 20 cm (8 in) wider due to the addition of the fender extensions and rides on 20 inch wheels wrapped in 285/50 tires.
Built for venturing off the beaten path by the same team that gave us the E 400 All-Terrain 4×4² concept, it still features all the bells and whistles of the standard EQC, including the dual-screen layout which supports over-the-air updates inside.
Mercedes-Benz chose to leave the electric powertrain all alone. As a result, the EQC 4×4² retains the same dual-motor setup as the production EQC 400, which generates a total output of 408 horsepower and 562 pound-feet (762 Nm) of torque. The electric motors are juiced up by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives the stock EQC 400 an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles (354 km) on a single charge.