Mercedes-Benz Cancels U.S. Launch of EQC

The EQC is Mercedes’ entry into the electric SUV marketplace. It is on sale in Europe and was slated to arrive in the U.S. in 2021.

The EQC is a compact crossover model that seats five. It has a modern, innovative design that is the first member of Mercedes’ EQ electric sub-brand. The EQC shares much of its body structure from the GLC-class and does a wonderful job of balancing athleticism, efficiency, and comfort.

Merdedes-Benz EQC

EQC Not Coming to America

Unfortunately for American buyers, Mercedes has decided not to offer the EQC in the U.S., instead it’s focusing on the European market, where it is known as the EQC 400. Similarly, BMW decided not to bring its electric crossover, the iX3, an electric variant of the X3, to America either.

One reason for this decision is due to Americans favoring a longer battery life. This is where the EQC falls short. The EQC has a range of about 200 miles. That falls far short of rivals such as the Tesla Model X, whose Long Range gets up to 360 miles per charge.

Mercedes-Benz EQC Interior

Features

The EQC emphasizes luxury with a plush cabin, sharp handling, and crisp acceleration. Standard features include a sunroof, all-wheel drive, power lift-gate, heated seats, and rain-sensing wipers.


The most noticeable feature inside the EQC is dual 10.25-inch displays that float over the dashboard in a massive panorama. A premium Burmester sound system and Sirius XM satellite radio are also standard features.

The EQC has a more luxurious interior than the Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model X. The EQC also competes against the Audi e-tron and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400

Power and Pricing

The EQC features dual electric motors that combine for 402 horsepower and a stout 561 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes estimates the EQC goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

The American pricing that had been announced for the EQC was as follows:

$68,995, Progressive
$73,265, Premium
$77,615, Advanced

What Will Be Mercedes’ First U.S. Electric Vehicle?

Mercedes has pivoted to the new EQS, a luxurious sedan, as its first electric vehicle in the U.S. It’s expected to arrive in showrooms during fall 2021 and will compete against the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air.

The EQS borrows from Mercedes’ flagship sedan, the S-class. However, the EQS has flowing curves and smooth surfaces, which helps with aerodynamics and efficiency.

The EQS has an estimated range of 435 miles per charge, which is impressive. With the popularity of SUVs, it’s surprising Mercedes decided not to make its entry to America with an electric crossover model.

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