- the 2020 mercedes-benz eqc400 4matic enters the suddenly burgeoning marketplace of luxury electric vehicles.
- the eqc is mercedes's first fully electric vehicle and will be followed by others in a new eq lineup starting with an eqv minivan coming next year.
- the eqc will arrive in showrooms starting in early 2020, mercedes says.
this year's los angeles auto show has become a showcase for electrification. brand-new fully electric vehicles and electric product-line expansions have come from the likes of ford, audi, and now it's the turn of mercedes. starting at $68,895, the 2020 mercedes eqc 400 4matic puts itself into a growing class of luxury electric vehicles from jaguar, audi, and of course tesla.
the eqc will come in three trim levels: progressive, premium, and advanced. the exact pricing of each trim wasn't divulged by mercedes, but it is expected to be announced closer to its arrival in u.s. showrooms in early 2020.
the eqc comes standard with dual 10.3-inch touchscreen displays, a navigation system, and automated emergency braking. available features include wireless charging, a leather interior, adaptive cruise control, and ventilated front seats.
we tested the eqc this past spring and found it hewed closely to the values mercedes is known for: comfort, quietness, and precision in steering. the charging capabilities of the eqc, which will charge to 80 percent in 40 minutes with a fast-charger system, and the 200-mile range revealed in our testing put it on the same playing field as the jaguar i-pace and audi e-tron, although all of these brands are still chasing tesla for charging efficiency and battery range.