It’s been more than three years since the Mercedes-Benz EQ Concept that would become the EQC was first unveiled.
Now it’s slowly but surely arriving on the market. Our first look at the production version of the Mercedes-Benz EQC was last September and just recently Mercedes-Benz began rolling the EQC off the line for European markets.
We won’t be seeing the Mercedes-Benz EQC in North America until next year, but you can place an order for one right now if want to be among the first to drive M-B’s first all-electric mass production vehicle.
What you’ll get is a sport utility vehicle that doesn’t look electric at all. There are some subtle “this-vehicle-is-different” touches like the blue accents in the headlights and the lack of a functional grille up front, but overall the EQC could pass for an updated GLC. Some will like that, others want everyone to know they have gone electric. In any case, the EQC is in yours truly’s opinion a handsome vehicle.
What is the Mercedes-Benz EQC Range?
Regardless of how you feel about the EQC’s looks, what matters to EV buyers is range. Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm the actual numbers, the 80-kWh battery should provide roughly 320 kilometers of range, or around 200 miles. If that turns out to be true, the EQC will have some catching up to do with the Jaguar I-Pace which has 377 kilometers, but on the other hand the Audi e-tron has 328 kilometers of range. In other words, the Mercedes-Benz should be in that ballpark.
Charging from 10 to 80 percent will take 40 minutes with a fast-charging system and expected power output is 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get to 100 km/h in around 5.0 seconds and yes, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has 4Matic all-wheel drive.
It will also feature the Mercedes-Benz User Experience Multimedia system with advanced voice commands and two 10.25-inch screens to display infotainment and vehicle information. Other noteworthy features include 64 colors available for ambient lighting and a full range of active safety systems.
Pricing hasn’t been announced the German EQC units starts at around $90,000 once you convert to our dollars.