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Electric SUV wars hot up as Mercedes £65k EQC model goes on sale

By Paul Connolly

Mercedes-Benz has revealed pricing and spec for its all-electric SUV, called the EQC.

This is the German manufacturer’s first all-electric car, and it’s part of Mercedes’ new EQ range that will roll out in coming years.

The EQC joins an increasingly competitive segment against the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.

It’s based on a modified version of the Mercedes GLC platform (in saloon terms, that’s roughly equivalent to the C-Class Merc).

The first – and limited-edition - models of the EQC will reach the UK and Ireland in July, followed by a wider rollout of four standard trims later this year.

The limited-edition models will be called the Edition 1 and Edition 1886, the latter presumably paying homage to the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, a three-wheeled open-air jalopy regarded as the world’s first production automobile, created by Karl Benz and sold in 1886.

The Mercedes EQC range consists of four trim levels, with the two special edition variants being rolled out first.

The trims are EQC 400 4MATIC Sport, followed by EQC AMG Line, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus.

The car is powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery which has a official range of 259 miles (on the stricter WLTP measurement) and an output of 408 hp and 765 Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 111 mph.

On-board goodies include an MBUX multimedia system with “numerous” EQ-specific functions such as range display, charge status and energy flow.

The MBUX system also includes the ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant with voice activation. The MBUX system will also calculate routes and inform the driver of nearby charging points.

As you’d expect for the price, EQC Sport models come as standard with a multitude of tech and driver assist extras including Active Parking Assist with a reversing camera, Seat Comfort package with electro-pneumatic four-way lumbar support for front seats, 19-inch alloys, 10.25-inch touchscreen media display and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours.

AMG Line trims add AMG black panel radiator grille in a twin-blade design, AMG sport seats in leather upholstery, carbon fibre trim, running boards, 20-inch AMG alloys, and AMG front apron in a jet-wing design, air inlets with trim parts in chrome and inserts in high-gloss black.

AMG Line Premium models chuck in an electric sliding roof, Burmester surround sound system, MBUX Augmented Navigation and wireless charging (for compatible smartphones).

EQC AMG Line Premium Plus trims add MBUX Interior Assistant, head-up display, Parking package with 360-degree camera and memory seats.

The two launch editions also feature a host of special kit. The Edition 1 features all of the Sport equipment and adds more features including an electric sliding roof, MBUX Augmented Navigation, Burmester surround sound system, black or polar white paint, leather upholstery and 20-inch ten-spoke alloys.

The limited edition EQC Edition 1886 comes as standard with the Sport equipment line and adds goodies like MBUX Interior Assistant, Driving Assistance package, Parking package with 360-degree camera, electric sliding roof, Burmester surround sound system, head-up display and 20-inch ten-spoke alloys.

A Driving Assistance Package Plus is available for £1,695 that adds in semi-autonomous functions like Evasive Steering Assist and Congestion Emergency Braking.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is on sale now with first deliveries in July.

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