Mercedes-Benz’s first global entry in the all-electric vehicle market will be the 2020 EQC400 SUV, priced from $68,895 (including a $995 destination fee) and set to go on sale in the U.S. in early 2020, according to the automaker. Production of the two-row, five-seat SUV has already begun at a factory in Bremen, Germany.
The EQC will offer an interesting dual-motor setup, where the front motor is optimized for efficiency while the rear is for more spirited driving. Total system output is a healthy 402 horsepower and 561 pounds-feet of torque. Mercedes estimates a 0-60-mph time of 4.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 112 mph. Range estimates for the SUV have not yet been released.
Buyers will have a choice of three trim levels for their EQC. The entry trim is called Progressive, mid-tier will be Premium and the highest level is Advanced. Progressive and Premium will offer a choice of two paint and upholstery combinations, while Advanced offers three choices.
Standard features include the MBUX infotainment system and dual 10.25-inch digital displays, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and three years of the Mercedes Me Charge service that provides access to public charging stations. Premium models add wood interior trim, an enhanced aerodynamics package, an AMG Line appearance package and a parking assist feature that also includes a 360-degree surround view camera system. Advanced models include all the standard content of the Progressive and Premium models and adds real leather upholstery, heated outboard rear seats, ventilated front seats and Mercedes’ Driver Assistance Package suite of safety features.
Competition in the all-electric SUV space is growing. The most direct competitors to the EQC will be Jaguar’s I-Pace, priced at just over $70,000 to start, and Audi’s E-Tron, which has a starting price north of $75,000. Other choices, such as an entry-level version of the larger Tesla Model X, will cost about $78,000, while the just-announced and likely less luxurious 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be priced from roughly $45,000, though the first available models will cost in the $50,000 to $60,000-plus range. None of these prices reflect potential savings from federal or state tax credits or other incentives, however.
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