The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC small crossover vehicle will carry a base price of $67,900 in the U.S. when it debuts in the market early next year.
The EQC’s price slightly undercuts that of two rival luxury electric crossovers: the Jaguar I-Pace ($69,500) and Audi e-tron ($74,800). Tesla’s Model X stickers for considerably more at about $85,000.
The EQC is powered by a pair of electric motors (one at each axle) that generate 402 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says the front motor is optimized to achieve the highest efficiency in the low- to medium-load range, while the rear unit is geared toward sporty driving.
Mercedes previously has estimated the EQC’s driving range in the U.S. at about 200 miles. The all-new EV’s 80-kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery can be replenished to 80% in about 40 minutes.
European sales of the EQC were launched this summer. Mercedes builds the EQC at its factory in Bremen, Germany.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.