Just days after the official debut of the car, the first fully electric SUV in Mercedes-Benz history has been spotted in traffic. We wanted to share the video because it reveals plug-ins have become a normal thing, especially in the premium segment
We've been following the EQC's development for about two years, starting with a GLC-based test mule. And even though the latest sightings featured very little in the way of camouflage, it's still refreshing to see the real deal that customers are already able to buy.
The EQC doesn't immediately strike you like the car of the future, and that's intentional. Wild designs for green cars have been less successful in recent years. That's why the EV has a big grille it doesn't need.
The headlights are quite clean, with quad projectors and an LED brow. The only thing that's different is blue accenting. The EQC tries so hard to look like a normal car that it even has silver trim around the rear bumper that imitates exhaust tips.
The full-length taillights are perhaps our favorite feature, but they're also confusingly similar with another Stuttgart SUV, the Porsche Cayenne. Electric tow hitch? We bet there's some rich fellow who wants to take his daughter's €100,000 stallion to events all around the country. Unfortunately, the EQC can only pull 1.8 tons, 700kg less than a GLC.
The high-riding body is ideal for an SUV because it allowed Mercedes to stuff an 80 kWh battery under the floor. It's supposed to have a range of up to 450 kilometers (280 miles) according to the new, more accurate test cycles.
With two e-motors providing 407 HP and 765 Nm (564 pound-feet) of torque, the EQC will sprint to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds on its way to 180 km/h (111 mph).
Unfortunately, the spy video doesn't capture the interior. But we know it's just like any ordinary Mercedes SUV, with a large panoramic dashboard and familiar button layout.