A growing number of carmakers offer electrified transportation, and Mercedes-Benz had planned to enter the fray with the 2021 EQC before pulling the plug on its electric SUV in early 2021. Mercedes-Benz was careful to say that the EQC could be introduced to the U.S. in the future, but for the time being, it will remain an option only in overseas markets. The EQC would have been a compact SUV that offered seating for five. Its fully electric powertrain would have delivered quiet performance, along with the crisp acceleration that’s part of the package with many luxury EVs. Its cabin looked appropriately deluxe, with high-gloss plastics, attractive textiles, and modern design. Overall, the EQC’s blend of Mercedes-Benz opulence and eco-friendly electrification would have made it an attractive pick for green-minded luxury SUV buyers.
What’s New for 2021?
The Mercedes-Benz EQC was initially intended to be an all-new for the 2021 model year, but unfortunately, that plan has changed and the German automaker has decided not to bring the EQC to market in the United States.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The EQC would have paired two electric motors with a lithium-ion battery. A one-speed direct-drive transmission was used to power all four wheels. This powertrain would have provided a total output of 402 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. We never had the chance to test the EQC, but Mercedes-Benz estimated that it would have made the sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. That would have put it behind its key rival in this segment, the Tesla Model X. Tesla claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds for the Long Range model and 2.7 seconds for the high-performance variant with Ludicrous mode engaged.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
We expected the EQC would have delivered a driving range of 200 miles or less. That would have put it well behind the Tesla Model X, which can travel for more than 300 miles on a single charge. It’s perhaps this shorter driving range that ultimately led to the decision to cancel the EQC for the United States.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The EQC’s cabin would have provided more outright luxury than buyers will find in rivals such as the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. The construction was solid, the execution was impeccable, and the quality of the materials used was above reproach. The high-quality cabin is yet another reason to be disappointed in the EQC’s cancellation. Mercedes never disclosed the final cargo capacity for this SUV. However, as a reference point, the GLC-class upon which the EQC would have been based provides about 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats.
Infotainment and Connectivity
As you’d expect, the EQC would have come with an up-to-date selection of tech features. SiriusXM satellite radio and a Burmester sound system were going to be standard. The cabin would have offered two 10.25-inch screens; one for the instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system. Combined, they would have given the cabin a contemporary look.