The Mercedes-Benz Electric SUV, called the 2020 EQC, was first announced late last year, and it's finally arriving early next year. Its price was revealed during the 2019 LA Auto Show, which gives us a $67,900 figure for the automobile.
Yes, the Mercedes-Benz electric SUV may be the company's first attempt at an all-electric vehicle, but it looks like it's ready to speed ahead of the competition come 2020.
A True Luxury Electric SUV
The Mercedes-Benz Electric SUV EQC packs 402 horsepower and 561 lb-ft torque, which allows it to run up to 112 mph. It could accelerate to 60 mph from rest in just 4.8 seconds, yet it does so smoothly. Its mileage has been rated for close to 300 miles in Europe, however, there might be differences in rating once it gets tested in the United States.
The Electric SUV also won't be parked in the garage for so long. On a DC fast charger, it reportedly could reach 100% with only around an hour of charging.
The entry-level model is called the 2020 EQC-Progressive. Even though it's entry-level, it stays true to the luxury brand of Mercedes-Benz and is packed with features.
It will have safety features like LED smart headlamps with active high-beam assist, brake assist, and autonomous emergency braking. Its infotainment system, MBUX, will sport dual 10.25-inch digital displays, SiriusM satellite radio, and a Burmester sound system.
The EQC-Progressive also gets a DYNAMIC SELECT with EQ optimized drive modes, a sunroof, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, and side-window sunshades and air suspension in the rear.
The premium-level EQC comes with the AMG Line Exterior Package, 360-camera for parking assistance, wireless charging, and NFC pairing with your smartphone. It's also designed to be more aerodynamic than the EQC-Progressive, lessening the drag resistance when driving the Electric SUV.
Meanwhile, the high-end model adds even more amenities to the vehicle, including heated outboard rear seats, leather seating, front-seat ventilation, and the Driver Assistance Package.
The Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicles Plan
Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler is planning to roll out as many as ten different all-electric vehicles between now and 2022. The first one among these is the EQC, mentioned above. For this whole campaign, Daimler is investing more than €10 billion (about $11.1 billion) in research and development. In addition to that, Daimler says that they will be electrifying all of their vehicle lines.
"We will also be electrifying the entire Mercedes‑Benz portfolio," says Ola Källenius, who spearheads Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "Our customers will thus have the choice of at least one electric alternative in every Mercedes‑Benz model series, taking the total to 50 overall."
However, Mercedes-Benz isn't alone in their electrification plan. Other automakers also have plans to invest heavily in electric vehicles. The race is on for all these car manufacturers, and it will only be a matter of time until we see who wins the Grand Prix.