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Can Mercedes EQC Tow a Camper or Travel Trailer?

The Mercedes-Benz EQC has a maximum towing capacity of up to 4000 lbs. However, the maximum towing capacity drops to 1650 lbs upon pulling unbraked trailers. According to this maximum towing capacity, the EQC is strong enough to pull single-axle trailers carrying camper or a small travel trailer.

It has the towing capacity for campers with weight by type: travel trailers 7300 lbs, popups 2500 lbs, teardrops 1200 lbs. 

Drivetrain

The Mercedes-Benz EQC has a drivetrain that contains two asynchronous electric motors located on the rear and front axles, coupled with a battery pack of 80 kWh, consisting of 384 lithium-ion cells and having a modular design. There is an electronic top speed limitation of 180 km/h (112 mph). The drivetrain can generate 300 kW (402 hp) of power and a maximum of 760 Nm (561 lb-ft) of torque.

Towing with the Mercedes-Benz EQC

To tow with the EQC, Mercedes-Benz has an option to install a trailer coupling at an additional cost. The trailer coupling comprises a trailering hook as well as wiring to power the trailer. The trailer coupling can tow right away and can be folded in behind the rear bumper when not in use.

Trailers with a 7-pin connector connect to the truck with an adapter plug or an adapter cable with the EQC. The manufacturers strongly warn against charging the battery of the trailer using the vehicle’s power supply, as this could disrupt the EQC’s battery.

A swaying trailer may be difficult to control by a driver of a towing vehicle. To minimize this swaying effect, Mercedes has developed the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). It works by alternatively braking wheels on the left and right sides of the trailer. It activates automatically when the vehicle is travelling above 40 mph. However, this program is not perfect as it would not be able to tackle intense situations such as a trailer that would have a high center of gravity or strong crosswinds. Therefore, this program should not be heavily relied upon.

Categorized as a compact and fully electric luxury SUV, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has been in production since 2019. In a lineup of the entirely electric Mercedes EQ family, which will be extended by 2022 to include about ten new models, the EQC is the first entry.

The EQC is exclusively an all-wheel-drive vehicle and is currently available in two variants, the EQC 400 4MATIC Sport and the EQC 400 4MATIC AMG Line. There are not many differences in these two variants except for the price, fuel consumption, and electric range. The EQC is the electric equivalent to Mercedes-Benz’s conventional compact luxury SUV, the GLC, and even has the exact wheelbase dimensions.

The EQC is the first fully electric compact luxury SUV from Mercedes and is powerful enough to tow up to 4000 lbs. It comes bundled with many useful features for towing, among which ESP is the most useful. When towing with the EQC, ESP adds a layer of safety by reducing trailer swaying which gives the driver better control, though this feature should not be relied upon heavily.