Mercedes-Benz is sending two new variants of the EQC to dealers in May: a base model configured uniformly throughout Europe at list prices starting at 66,068 euros and a new sports version that will round off the model range upwards in the future at prices starting at 73,208 euros.
Both models can be ordered now and, like all EQC models since January, come with an 11 kW charger as standard. The new base model with the full designation EQC 400 4MATIC is available at no extra charge in black exterior paint with 19-inch alloy wheels and steering wheel shift paddles for manual adjustment of the recuperation power. The seats have black cloth upholstery, and the gray trim elements have a matrix look. All kinds of packages can be ordered at extra cost in addition to this basic equipment – including in the area of driving assistance and comfort.
The new, extensively equipped sports version of the electric SUV called EQC 400 4MATIC AMG Line will be recognizable, among other things, by the AMG-specific black panel radiator grille and the typical front and rear apron. Added to this are gray-painted, gloss-turned 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the visually tuned EQC is expected to score points with sports seats, sports pedal system, multifunction sports steering wheel flattened at the bottom in nappa leather and a nappa-look instrument panel, among other features. The dominant color in the interior is black with highlights in rose gold or medium gray, joined by carbon-styled elements.
The standard equipment of the AMG version also includes features such as a parking assistant with automatic parking aid, heat- and noise-insulating acoustic glass, and various packages (interior lighting, seat comfort, mirrors, parking including a reversing camera, among others). Not entirely unimportant: Extended charging services (Charging Services Premium) are also already included in the price of the Sport EQC.
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The powertrain does not change in either of the two model variants now announced. As is known, the EQC is equipped with an e-drive with an output of 300 kW. Mercedes specifies the maximum torque at 765 Nm. The battery has a capacity of 80 kWh. Up to 450 kilometers according to NEDC should be possible. Since January, all delivered EQC models have an 11-kW charger on board, its predecessor performed only 7.4 kW.
At the 2019 sales launch, Mercedes-Benz called for a base price of 71,281 euros for the electric SUV. The new entry-level variant unveiled today and standardized throughout Europe is quite a bit cheaper at 66,068 euros. Since the Stuttgart-based company’s net list price for the new base model is below 65,000 euros, the environmental bonus of 7,975 euros (environmental bonus of 7,500 euros including VAT effect of 475 euros) can still be deducted. This results in a price of 58,093 euros after subsidies. The same discount should also apply to the AMG version. Mercedes emphasizes that the price (as well as that for the AMG variant) is a non-binding manufacturer’s recommendation for Germany including 19 percent VAT and that both models are also available on subscription “in various markets”.
While model diversity is increasing in Europe, Mercedes-Benz has meanwhile apparently decided not to bring the EQC to the United States as planned for the time being. After the manufacturer had already postponed the launch by at least one year to 2021 at an earlier point in time, the group has now reportedly decided not to market the EQC there at all.
With reporting by Cora Werwitzke, France.