Mercedes-Benz has transformed the city-slicker EQC electric crossover into a vehicle capable of some serious off-road action.

    Based on the EQC400 available in showrooms right now, the 4×4² concept is easily distinguished by its 100mm wide wheel arch flares, and 20-inch wheels with 285/50 off-road tyres.

    Thanks to its new portal axles, the EQC 4×4² concept has a ride height of 293mm. That’s significantly more than the standard EQC’s 140mm, and even the 235mm afforded by the G-Class.

    The G-Class will soon add an electric version, so the EQC 4×4² could be a preview of sorts for what’s to come.

    Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4² concept unveiled

    The EQC 4×4² is claimed to have a fording depth of 400mm (up from 250mm), a 31.8-degree approach angle (up from 20.6 degrees), 33.0-degree departure angle (up from 20.0 degrees), and 24.2-degree breakover angle (up from 11.6 degrees).

    The EQC 4×4² has the same drivetrain as the production EQC400, which has an electric motor for each axle making a total of 300kW and 760Nm.

    Range from the 80kWh battery pack is said to be between 354km (US EPA) and 417km (WLTP). Given its beefier suspension, as well as a chunkier wheel and tyre combo, the 4×4² will likely not travel quite so far between recharges.

    To make the EQC’s artificial engine sounds more powerful, the 4×4² uses a new “lampspeaker” setup which, as its name suggests, utilises the headlight enclosure as a speaker.

    At this stage the EQC 4×4² is classified as a design study, but a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told Autoblog, “If there is great feedback … you never know”.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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