Compared to the base Audi E-Tron, it costs €8,619 ($9,649) less, and its net price of under €60,000 ($67,172) makes it eligible for the environmental bonus locally.
The aforementioned sum is for the EQC 400 4Matic model, which gets standard MBUX infotainment system with dual 10.25-inch displays, voice control, navigation and others. It can be had with the €2,297 ($2,572) Driving Assistance Package that adds a range of safety features, AMG Line exterior for €1,607 ($1,799), AMG Line interior that costs an extra €1,083 ($1,212), and others.
Offered at launch only is the EQC Edition 1886, which was displayed in New York. This model adds an array of extra gear and starts from €84,930 ($95,082).
The electric motors that produce 408 PS (402 hp / 300 kW) and 760 Nm (561 lb-ft) of torque are powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery. The crossover can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds and maxes out at 180 km/h (112 mph). In the NEDC cycle, it has a range of 445-471 km (277-293 miles) on a single charge.
“The staff in Bremen have many years of experience in the production of vehicles with a wide range of drive types. We are building on this know-how in the electric age, too”, said Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, Markus Schafer. “With the start of production of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, we are turning the switch today – for the electric mobility of the future.”
Later this year, the Beijing Benz Automotive joint venture will start manufacturing the EQC in China for the local market. Future production sites for upcoming Mercedes EQ vehicles will be the Rastatt and Sindelfingen plants in Germany, Hambach in France and Tuscaloosa, USA.
The batteries, on the other hand, are being made in Kamenz, near Dresden, Germany, by Daimler subsidiary Accumotive, while after a €1 billion ($1,12 billion) investment in global battery production, they will also be produced in Stuttgart and Sindelfingen, Germany, Jawor, Poland, Beijing, China, Bangkok, Thailand and Tuscaloosa, USA, as well.