Mercedes-Benz EQC Research

The Car Connection Mercedes-Benz EQC Overview

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the automaker's first all-electric crossover SUV and the first popular electric vehicle to launch its EQ sub-brand for plug-in vehicles.

It made its debut in 2016 as a concept vehicle but took until 2018 to make its first appearance as a production-ready vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz EQC went on sale in Europe in 2019; it was originally scheduled to arrive in North America, but after several delays it won't arrive until 2021.

The EQC is powered by an 80-kwh battery and returns a range of more than 200 miles, according to the automaker.

With the EQC, Mercedes-Benz has a rival for electric crossovers such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Audi E-tron, and Porsche Taycan.

MORE: Read our 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC preview

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is instantly at home in the automaker's lineup of utility vehicles that includes the GLC-Class and GLE-Class. The EQC is built alongside the GLC-Class and is 4 inches longer than the crossover SUV and coupe. With its batteries mostly below the floor, it offers slightly more space than the GLC.

Styling for the EQC largely follows Mercedes-Benz's language in profile, but not in the details. The front grille is unique to the EQC and equipped as standard with a light-up three-pointed star and a long, horizontal light band that reaches across the face and atop the panel black grille. Its LED headlights are a signature element for the EQC and frame a low-slung maw that reaches down toward the road in a broad swoop.

Along the sides, the EQC's roofline splits the difference between the tall GLC and dramatically styled GLC Coupe, however. The EQC isn't as techno-styled as the I-Pace or the E-Tron, eschewing dramatic shapes in favor of a tried-and-true profile.

In back, a chrome strip along the bottom somewhat mimics tailpipes, while a long strip of LED taillights spans the rear hatch. The EQC will sport an "EQC 400" badge on the back that signifies its position in the broader Mercedes-Benz lineup for power, although it's not directly related to the crossover's 402-horsepower output.

To summon that power, the EQC relies on two electric motors at each axle for power. The front motor handles low- to medium-speed acceleration for better efficiency, the rear motor kicks in more for a rear-feeling power bias and more speed. Combined, the motors generate 564 pound-feet of torque.

According to Mercedes, the EQC will come equipped with a 7.4-kw onboard charger and be able to handle up to 110 kw at appropriately equipped fast chargers. Mercedes estimates that the battery can charge up to 80 percent in 40 minutes on a fast charger, although the battery needs to be preconditioned (via the navigation system or the app) to achieve that rate. Using a Level 2 charger like you might install in a home garage or hotel parking lot, the EQC will charge to full in 11.5 hours.

Mercedes hasn't yet released pricing info for the EQC when it arrives in 2021, but when it was slated to arrive for 2020 it was set to start at $68,895.

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