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There's wild, and then there's the Mercedes EQC 4x4 Squared

It's an electric SUV with portal axles. 'Nuff said.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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This… thing you see here is the Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4 Squared.    

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Its formula is actually quite simple.     

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Instead of the traditional suspension, the EQC 4x4 Squared rocks a set of portal axles, which moves the car's axle higher than the center of the wheel hub and utilizes gears at each corner to connect everything together.     

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This offset gives the vehicle way more ground clearance, improving off-road capability.     

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In the case of the EQC, it was also given some meaty fender flares to account for the larger rock-friendly tires Mercedes threw into the equation.     

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Ride height is jacked up from 5.5 inches to 11.5 inches, which is more than a standard G-Class.     

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The approach angle swells from 20.6 degrees to 31.8, departure goes from 20 to 33 and breakover improves from 11.6 to 24.2.     

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It can also go through 15.7 inches of water, if you're feeling frisky.     

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The whole shebang rests about 8 inches higher than before, but installation wasn't terribly complicated, as Mercedes claims this new suspension setup bolts right up to the existing mounting points.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the Mercedes EQC 4x4 Squared!

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