The new Mercedes EQC – Mercedes’ electric SUV aimed at the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron – looks set to cost from under £50k when it arrives in the UK.
Things are going to start getting interesting this year for Premium electric cars, with the Jaguar I-Pace already out and mopping up sales, the Audi e-tron on the way and the Mercedes EQC heading for a Mercedes showroom near you before too long.
We already know that the Jaguar I-Pace has a list price starting at £63.5k (before grant) and the Audi e-tron starts at a more substantial £71k. But what of the Mercedes EQC?
So far we’ve had nothing official from Mercedes, and we’d assumed the EQC would be priced in the £60-70k region in line with the Jaguar and Audi. But it seems not.
The EQC will go in to production in the spring and arrive in the UK in 2019, but it will be 2020 before it arrives across the Pond. So Mercedes flew an EQC over to California, complete with a Mercedes man, to let Jay Leno do a ‘Garage’ special to get the low down on Mercedes first electric SUV, and keep the EQC in the minds of potential US buyers.
When Leno asked the Mercedes man how much the EQC would cost in the US, he didn’t have an answer. But he did say that in Europe it will cost about the same as the Mercedes GLC 43. Which, in the UK, starts at £48,960.
If the Mercedes man is right, you’ll be able to grab an electric Mercedes SUV with 400bhp, 0-62mph in around 5.0 seconds, an 80kWh battery pack and a range of over 200 miles for £15k less than an I-Pace and £20k less than an e-tron.
Which will shake things up a bit.
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