There was a time when Tesla was the only real choice in luxury electric vehicles, but the introduction of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC gives Tesla some tough competition. The EQC is also the debut of the EQ subbrand, which will be a family of electricfied vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.
The EQC will have an estimated 200-mile electric range and shows off its own unique look. It has the familiar Mercedes-Benz three-point star on the grille, but with a more futuristic bend to the design. Electric cars are supposed to be the future of the automotive industry and the EQC was designed to look that way.
This is an SUV, but with lines that look more like a coupe with a generously sloped roofline. There are daytime running lights with an LED light band that looks like a single lighted strip in low-light situations. There are also bicolor light alloy wheels and high-gloss aluminum strips to frame the windows to further the EQC’s image as the future of cars.
As for power, the EQC uses two electric motors with one located at each axle. Together they give this SUV 402 horsepower with 564 lb-ft of toque. That’s good for a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 112 mph.
The 80 kWh battery is housed under the floor and it can handle up to 110-kW charging stations. It can go from 10 percent to 80 percent in about 40 minutes. DC fast charging is standard, because no one wants to sit around and wait for their car to charge.
You’ll have access to five available drive modes with Comfort serving as the default. Eco puts the focus on efficiency while Max Range will coach drivers toward achieving the highest range possible. Sport tosses those notions aside in favor of performance and Individual lets you tailor the drive to your preferences.
One-pedal driving will also be part of the EQC, letting you drive the car without ever using the brakes. Instead, it automatically activates regenerative braking as you lift your foot from the gas. Just how aggressively that regenerative braking grabs can be controlled by the driver, too.
Inside, expect a very futuristic look with a series of displays that run across the dashboard. Dials and gauges are a thing of the past and the EQC fully embraces our all-screens, all the time automotive future.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC moves the brand to an electrified future, but one we’ll have to wait a few more years to experience.