By Debbie Holden 05 Sep 2018 6 min read

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic launches


Mercedes-Benz’s new EQ sub-brand has been revealed. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic is an all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV that makes 402 hp and can get up to 200 miles on a charge.

Unique front and rear ends inspired by the Generation EQ concept clearly define this as the battery-electric variant. The SUV boasts a chrome grille with LEd accent lighting, spanning the top and connecting with light piping in the Multibeam LED headlights. The AMG Line exterior options gets you a blacked out grille with stylish AMG twin-blade horizontals slats, along with unique front and rear fascias. All EQC models get an illuminated three-pointed star badge as standard, with EQ badging in a different front from Mercedes’ norm.

The EQC’s power comes from two electric motors, with one placed at each axle for dual-motor all-wheel drive, and a combined output of 402 ho and 564 lb-ft of torque. Each compact motor unit includes a fixed-ratio transmission and differential, although the two are not identical. According to Motor Trend, Mercedes says the front is programmed to prioritise efficiency while the rear has a sportier character. The EQC is estimated by Mercedes to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Meanwhile, top speed is electronically limited at 112 mph. The motors are fed by an 80-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in the floor, with a range of about 200 miles, according to Mercedes. This number is on the low end of earlier estimates that suggested a range of 200 to 240 miles, and is also lower than competitors like Jaguar I-Pace (240 miles) and Tesla Model X 75D (238 miles).

The EQC comes with a 7.4-kW onboard charger, allowing it to plug in at a range of charging sources. Mercedes has not provided estimates for charge time with the slowest AC chargers, saying charge time depends on the available infrastructure and country-specific equipment. It does however say that with EQC’s standard DC fast charging capability the battery can be charged from 10% up to 80% in around 40 minutes.

Showcasing a range of other features, the pricing for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic will be announced closer to its arrival at U.S dealers in 2020.