All-electric crossover to be revealed September 4
Mercedes-Benz has teased the first vehicle in its EQ sub-brand, a crossover model called EQC that we’ll see in full on September 4. We’ve spied the EQC in prototype form a number of times, and even got a ride in one earlier this year. From the looks of things, not much has changed during the car’s transition from concept to production.
The first of two teasers shows the car’s headlights, which look similar to those of the Generation EQ Concept that was shown at the 2016 Paris auto show. From the light patterns to the front fascia, the production EV crossover looks like a toned down version of the concept car. Naturally, concept car gimmicks like the virtual grille and holographic Mercedes emblem don’t appear to have made it to production. Instead, there’s a more traditional chrome grille frame with an illuminated strip that continues the LED accents of the main headlight cluster, which presumably span the entire front end.
In the second teaser, the car’s rear end is featured and reveals that its taillights run the fun width of the car, mimicking the front end. The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is positioned under the LED strip and is right in the center of the tailgate.
Along with the Jaguar I-Pace, the Mercedes-Benz EQC will the be the latest addition to the EV offensive aimed right at Tesla. The automaker estimates that it will have a range of around 200-240 miles (322-386 km) on a single charge. Total output from its powertrain will be around 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It will be underpinned by a modified platform based on the MRA architecture used in the current-generation C-Class, E-Class, and GLC-Class, meaning it can be built on existing production lines. The EQC is also expected to use the new MBUX interface that first debuted on the 2019 A-Class compact car.
Source: Mercedes-Benz via Instagram