New Mercedes EQC 2019: specs, price and on-sale date

There’s a whole family of electric Mercedes on the way, and 2019's EQC SUV is the first

Mercedes EQC

The EQC is the first all-electric car from Mercedes and the first of a whole new range of electric models from the company. 

Although it had been common knowledge for some time that Mercedes was working on an electric car, the EQC was only finally unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

A rival for the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, it’ll go on sale in late 2019, with a special 'Edition 1886' model kicking things off.

Mercedes EQC styling

At first glance – and especially in profile – the EQC is very similar to Mercedes’ current SUVs, like the GLC, and plenty of features seem familiar from other models. The rear end is reminiscent of the A-Class, for instance.

However, there’s plenty about the EQC that’s unique. That includes the alloy wheels, for example, and the sold black section that runs between the headlights, incorporating a line of optical fibre that'll emit light as well as the daytime running lights. Plus, there are details picked out in blue all over the car – including in the headlights and on the wheels.

Interior

By far the most remarkable feature inside the EQC is the MBUX dashboard layout that was first seen on the latest A-Class.

It comprises a fully digital instrument display sitting alongside an infotainment screen, so the two blend together to create an ultra-wide display across the dash.

With batteries set into the floor, there's plenty of space inside, and the boot can hold approximately 500 litres of luggage.

Powertrain

The car on the stand at the Paris Motor Show had EQC 400 badges, suggesting a range of models will be available. In the case of this particular model, it has motors working on both the front and rear axles, giving the car four-wheel drive, with a total combined output of 403bhp.

According to Mercedes, that’s enough to get this near-2.5 tonne SUV from 0-62mph in just over five seconds. The EQC is also approved for towing a trailer weighing up to 1,800kg.

With an 80kWh battery, the EQC will have a range of 280 miles, according to the WLTP test procedure. And, like all EQCs, this model will come with DC charging, allowing the car to go from 10 to 80% charge capacity in around 40 minutes. The maximum charging speed for the EQC will be 110kW, slightly below that of its chief rivals the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron.

DrivingElectric has visited the factory in eastern Germany where the batteries for the EQC will be produced.

Mercedes EQC Edition 1886

In common with many premium and luxury cars these days, the EQC will launch with a special limited-edition, high-specification model. The 'Edition 1886' name refers to date when Karl Benz's Patent-Motorwagon first drove, suggesting that the move to electrification is just as significant a step in the evolution of the automotive industry.

On the outside, this EQC is set apart from others by a black-panel grille with high-gloss edging, as well an exclusive 'metallic high-tech silver' shade of paint. There's a also a high-gloss black badge featuring an '1886' motif, as well as 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels finished in high-gloss black with white decorative elements.

Inside, the seats are coloured indigo blue and finished in a combination of ARITCO man-made leather and DINAMICA microfibre, with '1886' logos stitched in.

On-board technology includes a Burmester surround-sound audio system, as well as what Mercedes calls the 'ENERGIZING comfort controller' system. This adjusts things like the temperature, air scent and lighting in order to achieve the most comfortable interior ambience for occupants.

The latter will take into account factors such as traffic density, weather and journey length when deciding exactly how to adjust the EQC's ventilation and air-filtration systems.

On the German market, the EQC Edition 1886 will be sold with a comprehensive aftersales support package, including pick-up and delivery of the car for servicing, an extended warranty and six years' worth of services paid for. The exact services offered may differ in the UK.

Price and release date

Orders for the EQC are expected to begin before the end of 2019. First deliveries in the UK should be in late 2019 or possibly early 2020, with prices expected to start at the best part of £70,000.