Electrification is the future of automobiles, as far as current evidence is concerned. Automakers are spending billions to plan for an electrified automotive dominated world within the next twenty years, and Mercedes-Benz's new EQ electric line just unveiled its first car, the EQC crossover EV. It shows us what the future looks like today, and despite the fact that it's infused with tons of
Of course, it's meant to look different from all other Merc vehicles, and coloring highlights inside and out
There are two lines in the EQC's repertoire, Electric Art and AMG, and there are distinctions between the two in the upper and lower grille with varying numbers of horizontal bars and piano black and chrome trim. Electric Art ends up looking more futuristic and sophisticated, while the AMG trim errs on the sportier side. We don't particularly like either one, but we can appreciate the need for differentiation.
Inside, there are large dual rectangular 10.25-inch media displays unified in a single wide display that floats on the dash where audio and visual controls reside. There are also some fancy gold accents on the HVAC vents and seat adjustment controls. There's a nifty navigation system that optimizes routes for maximum electrified range and even routes you to a charging station when
The lithium-ion battery is modular: two of them have 48 cells, the other four have 72 cells, totaling 384 cells and
The EQC will also get a slew of safety features as with all Mercs: Active Distance Assist Distronic, traffic jam following, Active Brake Assist, and an available Driver Assistance Package with improved brake assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, and Exit Warning Assist. None of this should come as a surprise since most Mercs already get this high level of safety tech.
Of course, there will be a bit of wait for us before we see the EQC 400 (the only model we know of so far) with dealers getting the vehicle in 2020. There's no data on pricing yet, but expect both trims to be available for sale here. We just wish Mercedes had spent a little more time and effort developing a unique design that's still practical without looking so boring, especially in light of the i-PACE and Audi e-Tron SUV's stunning looks.