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Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 joins the all-electric car bandwagon

Luxury German auto maker Mercedes has announced its first all-electric car, the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic SUV.

This production-ready EV (electric vehicle) is just the latest in a line of electric cars from premium manufacturers to launch this year, with the likes of BMW, Audi and Jaguar also unveiling gas-free options.

Tesla remains the most well-known electric car maker, but with more and more premium manufacturers launching rivals to the Model S, Model X and Model 3, it'll likely be looking nervously over its shoulder.

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Still over a year away

While the production car has been officially announced - after a concept of the EQC 400 was shown off at the 2016 Paris Motor Show - you won't actually be able to get your hands on one until 2020.

When the EQC 400 4Matic finally does roll off the production line, you can expect a top speed of 180km/h (around 110mph), a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 5.1 seconds and a range, Mercedes claims, of over 450km (280 miles).

The car also comes with a range of smart features including navigation that bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time, and the MBUX multimedia system - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ-specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow.

Via Pocket-Lint

John McCann

John joined TechRadar a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs of some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.