The Mercedes EQC 1866 Edition arrives, effectively, as a Launch Edition EQC with a badge which celebrates the birth of the motor car.
Mercedes likes nothing more than a ‘Launch Edition’ model of a new or revised car, throwing all its toys in to the game and charging earlier buyers a chunky premium.
So with the arrival of the Mercedes EQC as Mercedes’ first real foray in to the world of modern electric cars, Mercedes is launching a launch edition – the Mercedes EQC 1886 Edition – which carries a badge commemorating Mercedes’ world first patent for a motor car in 1886.
Clearly Mercedes think the motor car as we know it has now run its time out, and the 1886 resets the clock to the birth of the ‘new’ motor car, one powered by electric motors with no emissions at the point of use.
As you’d expect, the EQC 1886 takes the regular EQC and throws plenty of toys and titivations in to the mix, so you get a tweaked grille in gloss black, new badges, 20″ lightweight alloys and ‘Edition 1866′ on the mudguards (a bit old school).
Inside there’s a unique blue-black colour scheme with plenty of Artico (fake leather) and suede microfibre, some 1886 embroidery and silver trim, Burmester Sound, electric front seats and Mercedes’ Energizing Driver Assist. That means fancy mood lighting, nice smellies, live traffic and ‘wellness’ monitoring.
Mercedes is also keen to demonstrate that the EQC, although a new direction, is totally reliable, so they’re throwing in a six year warranty which covers service and maintenance, with an MB dealer picking up your car whenever it needs attention too.
Under the skin all is the same though, with 402bhp on offer from the pair of electric motors, enough to get to 62mph in 5.1 seconds and with a range of almost 300 miles from its 80kWh battery. Mercedes will also give you discounted access to the Ionity rapid charging network.
No prices for the Mercedes EQC yet, but Mercedes say it will go on sale in Germany and other Western European markets soon.