Spy photographers in Germany have spotted this new Mercedes EQC prototype trawling public roads, and despite the comprehensive camouflaging scheme, it’s clear that the electric SUV is changing its looks considerably. The EQC never made it to America, despite requests from dealers who recognized that this would be the most attractive of the Mercedes EQ models. And then it was killed off over a year ago.
But Mercedes bosses have always suggested that this delay would be temporary, and recent indications are that the compact crossover will finally make its way to America. According to Automotive News, Mercedes will stop producing the EQS SUV in the US to make room for the EQC, which a source described as a “cash cow.”
With that in mind, let’s see what we can expect.
The first-generation model revealed in 2018 was inherently compromised as an electric vehicle, utilizing a repurposed combustion platform. But now that Mercedes has a clearer idea of how to build EVs at a reasonable cost, it can develop an EV-specific platform, and that’s what this new EQC is underpinned by. That will translate to more space, less weight, and better handling and overall efficiency.
On the WLTP cycle, the UK-spec model claims up to 254 miles of range and a charge from 10-80% in around 40 minutes on a 110 kW fast charger. The new model should easily surpass those figures, and by a long distance, too.
As for the styling, it’s clear that we’re looking at the EQC, especially if you squint at the headlight region, but it’s also clear that Mercedes doesn’t want to make it easy for us. The sides of the car appear to have very aggressive creases in the bodywork, but unless the EQC is trying to outjerk the BMW XM, these lines are probably fake and meant to throw us off.
We think this, as the first of a new generation of electric crossovers from Mercedes, has the potential to reinstate the enchantment that we once had with the so-called “Sensual Purity” design language, but only if the obsession with amorphous blobs comes to an end. The EQC seems set to continue skirting the boundary between sexy and bland; hopefully, the rest of the family comes around.
The EQC is expected to debut in 2025 as a 2026 model.