EQC Electric SUV Quietly Leads Mercedes’ New Police Car And Van Proposals

Mercedes-Benz is presenting its new portfolio of emergency vehicles, including police cars and ambulances, at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference, in Frankfurt, Germany, between February 18 and 20.

A total of 15 vehicles are on display, covering most segments, albeit with an eco-twist. One of the stars of the exhibition is the EQC, which has tried on the German police livery for the first time. The electric SUV is equipped with the typical equipment required from a cruiser and features the brand’s latest driving assistance systems.

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Joining it on set is the GLC F-Cell, which is already in service with the Hamburg police. The hydrogen-powered version of the premium compact SUV stands next to the E 300 de Estate, a plug-in hybrid powered by a diesel engine that combines the best of both worlds: zero-emission driving around town with the ICE that’s suitable for long journeys. The EV mode is activated via the route-based operating strategy that calculates the route, taking into account things such as traffic conditions, topography, speed limits and navigation data to save fuel.

The Vito mid-size van is represented by 8 examples, in different guises, all of them modified for police work. The vehicle is presented in the three wheelbases available, with front-, rear- and all-wheel drive, in different conversion variants and boasts a special ‘police seat’. Developed by Mercedes-Benz Vans and assessed by the Fraunhofer Institute at the University of Stuttgart, it has flattened cushions for the driver and front passenger that enhance ingress and egress. The seatbelt buckle is longer and flexible, making it easier to be fastened and unfastened when the occupants wear the full police equipment, and the robust seat cover, head restraints and adjustable lumbar support round up the offering.

Heading to the outdoor exhibition, visitors will see the Arocs 2543 L 6×2 heavy-duty truck, with the long ClassicSpace cab finished in the color of the Federal Police. It can be used both on- and off-road and is powered by a 10.7-liter six-pot that develops 428 PS (422 HP / 315 kW) and 2,100 Nm (1,549 lb-ft) of torque. The police Arocs are made at the Mercedes plant in Worth and converted by F&B Nutzfahrzeug-Technik in the same area.

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