2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Overview

For 2020, Mercedes-Benz launches the EQC, a fully electric crossover. The EQC marks the first in what Mercedes says will be a new product and technology brand called EQ, which stands for “electric intelligence.”

The EQC has an entirely different look than the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup. The most interesting element of the EQC’s front, the LED intelligent headlights, features hints of blue and appear to flow together, meeting underneath the slatted grille. That flow continues up the thin front pillars and along the smooth sides.

Two electric motors, one on each axle, plus an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery combine for output of 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. The EQC features all-wheel drive (AWD), five selectable driving modes, paddle shifters, and an eco-assist feature that coaches the driver to drive more efficiently. The EQC also features fast charging times, getting to an 80 percent charge in only 40 minutes.

The EQC comes in two trims: standard and AMG Line. For 2020, the limited-edition 1886 will also be available. The AMG Line brings sportier front and rear bumpers, a different radiator grille, unique AMG line colors like Hyacinth Red Metallic, and AMG wheel designs. The 1886 edition gets its own color, a metallic high-tech silver.

Mercedes-Benz creates a driver-focused interior with metal trim and rose-gold accents. The interior upholstery features materials such as hemp, kenaf, wool, cotton, paper, and natural rubber. High-quality materials and innovative engineering help isolate the cabin from road noise. The AMG Line adds a 3-spoke sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, stainless steel pedals, and AMG floor mats. The 1886 Edition features two-tone leatherette-and-suede seats and 1886 badging throughout the vehicle.

Drivers can access the infotainment system via the 10.25-inch touchscreen display, touchpad, or voice control. The Mercedes-Benz User Interface (MBUX) system features artificial intelligence to learn the driver’s habits and preferences. The navigation system can predict and suggest frequently driven routes and also looks for routes that will maximize the vehicle’s electric range. Other features include a premium audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 10.25-inch instrument cluster housed adjacent to the infotainment display.

As of this writing, the EQC hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, every EQC will feature active brake assist, which helps slow the vehicle if a collision is expected. Other available safety features include active-distance assist, route-based speed adaptation, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, evasive steering assist, blind-spot monitoring, and the Pre-Safe system, which prepares the vehicle in the event of a crash.

The EQC represents Mercedes-Benz’s strong commitment to electrification without forcing the buyer to compromise luxury for efficiency. The EQC will compete in the market against the likes of the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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