Mercedes-Benz is gearing up for the launch of the EQC next year, releasing a small set of official “spyshots” of the all-electric SUV. As testing continues as part of the car’s development, the company has also released a few details regarding its brutal prototype testing regime.

Firstly, the car itself. As you can see and despite the large amount of camouflage put on – the EQC has been heavily inspired by the Generation EQ concept, which was recently showcased in Malaysia. Similar to the show car, the vehicle you see here is a GLC-sized crossover, with striking LED daytime running light strips that go around the headlights.

Speaking of the headlights themselves, they feature large projectors that differ from the concept’s flat array of LEDs, and these likely feature Mercedes’ Multibeam technology. There are also larger, more prominent built-in side steps, while the rear features broad tail lights and a large rear diffuser panel – both very similar to the Generation EQ.

Although no mechanical details have been revealed just yet, the Generation EQ was revealed with an electric motor on each axle, providing all-wheel drive and a total system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. That’s enough for a zero-to-100 km/h sprint time of under five seconds.

A 70 kWh battery pack within the car’s floor results in a claimed range of up to 500 km on a single charge. The car supports the incoming European Combined Charging System (CCS), with a 300 kW output in the middle to long term giving the car up to 100 km of range from zero with just five minutes of charging.

The EQC will ride on a new scalable, modular architecture developed specifically for battery electric vehicles, allowing the wheelbase, track width and other components like the battery be adjusted to suit SUVs, sedans, coupés and other models. Mercedes says that the platform employs a mix of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre, meeting the requirements in weight, strength and cost.

The EQC is currently set for suspension and powertrain testing as well as integrated complete vehicle high-temperature testing in southern Europe. The car has already gone through the rounds of tough winter testing in northern Sweden from January to March.

Stuttgart says that systematic complete-vehicle validation guarantees its quality standards and is part of the extensive measures of the company’s development process for each model, enabling the car to reach a maturity level specifically defined by Mercedes-Benz.

With the EQC being the company’s first production electric vehicle, special attention has been paid to parameters beyond the usual evaluation process, such the durability of the electric powertrain and battery, as well as noise, vibration and harshness. The latter is a very important area, particularly as the almost complete elimination of powertrain noise makes other sounds such as tyre and wind noise more prominent.

The company has already built and tested almost 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles, with several hundred experts from many different development departments being involved in testing. By the time the first EQC rolls off the production line, the car would have completed four years in development, enduring three winters and summers in temperatures ranging from minus 35 to over 50 degrees Celsius.