Mercedes’ first fully electric SUV, the EQC, will launch in Australia in October in a single EQ400 trim level, and wearing a price tag of “less than $150k”.
And yes, that's not the most specific of price guides, but we can help narrow the window for you. We’d expect the EQ400 to start at around $140k, with a limited-run launch edition (called the Edition One) to start at closer to $150k.
If you want one in a hurry, Mercedes is suggesting you get a wriggle on. Pre-launch interest has numbered "in the thousands" with the brand expecting the EQC to be essentially sold out for the first 12 months.
“At this stage we’re sold out for probably the next 12 months," says the brand's communications boss, Jerry Stamoulis. "We did a register to purchase and there was huge demand, and once we announce pricing later this year, those people will be able to come to a dealership and pay a deposit.
"But there has been huge interest.”
Mercedes in Australia is yet to confirm the full detail of what buyers will get for their money, but we do know our cars will get the AMG Line Pack as standard, which includes a more aggressive grille and 20-inch alloy wheels. Edition One cars will arrive with bigger 21-inch alloys and a fancier "Diamond" interior treatment.
In the cabin, Benz’ latest MBUX software is standard fit, which is fed through two massive screens that dominate the dash. You can also expect smartphone mirroring, wireless charging, and a clever Intelligent Navigation system that won’t just guide you to your destination, but will pin-point the charging stations required along the way to get to where you want to go.
Our cars should also get the brand's full safety assistance suite, which means AEB, lane-keep assist, active cruise and blind-spot monitoring (which together allow for semi-autonomous driving on marked roads), as well as autonomous parking.
Mercedes’s first EV SUV is powered by twin electric motors, one at each axle, which will generate a combined 300kW and 760Nm - enough for a sprint to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 180km/h.
There is an 80kwH battery pack under the floor, which Benz says will produce a range of around 450km, and the EQC can use a 110kW fast charger.
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