What Is It?
The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is a totally electric compact crossover with all-wheel drive. It marks the debut of the company’s EQ sub-brand, with E standing for electricity and Q implying intelligence. As this model illustrates, EQ vehicles (there will be more to come) have their own dedicated designs, different enough from their gasoline-driven cousins for interested observers to make the distinction, but not so wacky that buyers might be deterred.
The hardware includes two electric motors, one for each axle, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The company says the combined output is an extremely muscular 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to send the new EQC zipping from standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
With electric vehicles, though, performance stats aren’t as important as range. Mercedes-Benz reckons the EQC battery can last for 200 miles, but that’s still to be verified. The company also claims a fast-charging station could replenish a battery with only 10 percent of energy up to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes.
The dashboard is a double-wide tablet affair housing a pair of 10.3-inch screens, one displaying driver information and the other handling infotainment. The navigation system can calculate routes that are the most energy efficient and that include charging stations, if necessary.
Standard equipment includes 19-in alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights and heated front seats. Naturally, an array of driver-assistance features will be available, such as forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. An onboard digital assistant responds to voice controls and, since it uses artificial intelligence (AI), can learn a driver’s routines and choices.
No official word yet.
When Can You Get It?
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to go on sale globally in the middle of 2019.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because …
You’ve been waiting for a well-established car company (like Mercedes-Benz) to make a luxury electric crossover featuring a useful range and much of the technology we’ve come to expect from a modern upscale vehicle.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Audi E-Tron — Yes, everyone else is making all-electric crossovers as well. The E-Tron, also available mid-2019, has an unofficial range of around 248 miles.
2020 BMW iX3 — A version of the excellent X3 compact crossover with battery power. Facts are few at the moment, but range is expected to be almost 250 miles.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace — Jaguar is taking orders now. It starts at around $70,500 and has a range of 240 miles. It’s more of a subcompact crossover, though.
Used Tesla Model X — The Model X all-electric crossover is more midsize than compact, with three rows of seating. Maximum range is 289 miles. New-model prices can easily extend past the $100,000 mark.
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