The new Mercedes EQC – Mercedes-Benz’s new electric SUV – goes in to production, and its entry-level price undercuts the Audi e-tron by £7,350.
The Mercedes EQC electric SUV was officially revealed last September as the car Mercedes will take the fight to the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace with.
Jaguar got the head-start with their I-Pace and it does seem to be doing pretty well, but Jaguar is a minnow compared to Mercedes so the real battle in the war to win the hearts and minds of ‘Premium’ buyers for electric SUVs will be between the Mercedes EQC and the Audi e-tron.
The Audi e-tron is already in production, but now too is the Mercedes EQC, with production starting in Bremen and order books open in Germany. And it looks like it’s going after the jugular with its pricing.
In Germany, the Mercedes EQC starts at £61,000 (€71,281), undercutting the Audi e-tron by £7,350 and the Jaguar I-Pace by almost £6k.
Clearly that is just the entry-level price, and you can spend far more – especially on the EQC 1886 launch edition – but even the entry-level model comes with an impressive spec and powertrain.
You get the standard MBUX infotainment with 10.25″ dual displays and plenty of goodies, but you also get the same 402bhp from the electric motors as the range-topping version, good for 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and a range of nearly 300 miles from its 80kWh battery.
Let battle commence.