First Look at the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQC Electric SUV

Mercedes-Benz First Look

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first dedicated electric SUV, the 2023 EQC. This luxury EV promises to combine Mercedes’ famous refinement and technology with zero-emissions performance. The German automaker provided new details that give us a better picture of what to expect when the EQC hits the market next year.

Powertrain and Range

The EQC will be powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeding dual electric motors, one on each axle. This advanced powertrain will deliver over 400 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing the EQC to sprint from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. Mercedes says range will surpass 200 miles based on European testing procedures, but EPA estimates for U.S. range have not been released. DC fast charging will replenish the battery from 10 to 80% in around 40 minutes.

Exterior Styling

The EQC sports styling cues borrowed from the brand’s successful gasoline-powered SUVs like the GLC. Notable elements include the large upright grille, sculpted sides, boxy proportions, and short overhangs. Full LED exterior lighting gives it a high-tech look. Customers can choose between sporty AMG styling elements or a more luxury-oriented design. Available 20-inch wheels complement the athletic stance.

Luxurious Interior Appointments

Inside the EQC aims for a balance of sustainability and opulence. Premium materials like open-pore wood, aluminum, and Nappa leather are used throughout. Color accents and ambient lighting add flair. The cabin styling is ultra-modern with dual 10.3-inch displays and touch controls. Available amenities include heated/ventilated massaging front seats, a Burmester surround sound system, and an expansive sunroof.

Cutting-Edge Technology

As expected for a high-end EV, the EQC will feature an array of advanced technology. Five levels of intelligent drive assistance, MBUX infotainment, navigation with electric range mapping, smartphone integration, over-the-air updates, driver personalization, and voice controls pamper and protect occupants. The EQC also promises seamless integration into Mercedes’ connected ecosystems.

Pricing and Availability

Mercedes-Benz has not announced official U.S. pricing yet but expects the EQC to start around $70,000 before incentives. That positions it at a premium over the Model Y, Audi e-tron, and Jaguar I-Pace. However, you pay for the Mercedes brand cachet. The EQC will arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2020. It can now be pre-ordered in Europe.

The Upshot

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQC checks all the boxes for a competitive luxury electric SUV. With its range, performance, luxury, styling and technology, the EQC appears well-equipped to take on established rivals like the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace while also fending off challenges from Tesla. We look forward to testing the EQC soon to see if it lives up to its promise.