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

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.

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. 

Powertrain

The car on the stand at the Paris 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 the company, that’s enough to get this near-2.5 tonne SUV from 0-62mph in just over five seconds.

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.

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

Price and release date

Although the car has been seen in public, Mercedes is only expected to start taking orders in Spring 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.